The Supreme Court denied the petition family of 12-year-old Archie Battersby allow him to die “with dignity” in hospice, not hospital.
His mother, Holly Dance, said “a dignified death in a hospice” was all she had. left to fight for after family exhausted all legal ways to save his life support treatment. She said that she wanted her son to “spend his last moments” privately with family.
But on On Friday, the Supreme Court denied family’s request to move Archie from the Royal London Hospital.
The hospital trust said that Archie’s condition was too unstable. for change to another setting. It’s been said move “likely to hasten premature deterioration family wish to avoid even with full intensive therapy equipment and staff on travel”.
BUT family a spokesman said the hospice agreed to take him in, adding: “Hospices are good and truly designed for palliative care and resuscitation. Archie now clearly on palliative care, so no reason anything for don’t take it last moments in the hospice.
The hospital told family what life archie support will be called at 11am on Thursday.
He was in coma ever since he was found unconscious in April and supported by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and medication.
Speaking to Times Radio in front of latest sentence in case, Dance said: “The courts continue on worthy about it death. Why are we not allowed to take our child to a hospice and spend his last moments, his last days together alone?
She blamed the hospital of sending out threatening end letter of his treatment. She said “The letter that got away out quite a of late last night said… “You have until 9 o’clock”, leaving the lawyers again under the pressure that this hospital has been doing since the day one”.
Asked what Thursday will be like, she burst into tears and said: “Today is going to be terrible. I woke up up absolutely sick for my stomach. Like me just feel like this hospital has so much to answer for and I really don’t know what else to say today.
She is added: “I would not want any other parents go through what we’ve been through so I tried to highlight quite a lot of items since we’ve been here, like in online challenge and me know so, so much people put their children down and used Archie story in the hope of saving their lives.
“So I’m going to keep doing sure Archie’s name lives on on. I’m going to do everything in my power to do sure what parents No need to go through this awful situation with courts.”
Attorney General Swella Braverman, said the case was “incredibly heartbreaking” but that parents had sufficient legal rights, and the courts would have considered the issues “incredibly carefully”.
She told Sky News: “I have to just put on record my deepest condolences for in family of Archie Battersby I can’t begin imagine that he and his family gone.”
She is added: “I think in general, yes, parents have sufficient rights. The legal presumption is that parents operate in in best interest of them children until proven otherwise.
“These [cases] are not straight. These are very, very complex questions, coupled with detailed questions. of medicine and medical ethics; and the welfare of the child.
“And I have confidence that our courts and our judges have dealt with these issues incredibly carefully, incredibly sensitively and arrived at the right decision”.