FINAL appeal in Archie Battersbee case to be heard by court in last-minute hearing

FINAL appeal in Archie Battersbee case to be heard by court in last-minute hearing

A court of appeals hearing about the protracted legal argument over whether to turn off Archie’s life support will take place on Monday, August 1. The 12-year-old Archie Battersbee was discovered on April 7 with a ligature around his head and was found to be comatose.

Archie Battersbee case to be heard by court in last-minute hearing

Archie Battersbee case to be heard by court in last-minute hearing

The virtual hearing, which begins at 11 am, is expected to cover a plea to keep Archie alive so that the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) can examine his case. There is a legal hold on terminating patient treatment at the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel, east London, until Monday at 1 p.m.

The family received a letter over the weekend from Barts Health NHS trust, the hospital’s operator, informing them that Monday’s therapy will stop at 2 p.m. A UN appeal to protect Archie’s life support from being switched off had been “urgently considered” earlier on Sunday night, according to a request made by ministers to the high court. The letter, which PA Media has access to, is credited to Health Secretary Steve Barclay. The CRPD has reportedly asked the UK government to postpone ending treatment until the matter has been examined by the committee.

The letter claims that given the circumstances, the court should “urgently consider” the [UN] committee’s request for interim limits. The request stated that the letter needed to be “put before the after-hours judge promptly” or before Mr. Justice Hayden, who had already looked over the case.

The government was urged to “refrain from withdrawing life-preserving medical treatment, including mechanical ventilation and artificial nutrition and hydration from the alleged victim while the case is under consideration by the committee,” according to a previous letter the committee sent to Archie’s family. Unless the court rules differently at the last-minute hearing on August 1, according to Alistair Chesser, chief medical officer at Barts Health, the plan to discontinue medical treatment will move forward.

He expressed his sincere sympathies to Archie’s family during this trying time. On Monday morning, a court hearing is scheduled, and we are anticipating the results. The treatment withdrawal strategy will be carried out unless the court orders otherwise. Over the weekend, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, Archie’s parents, received word from Barts Health that “all fluid infusions, drugs, including vasopressin, will be halted” at 2:00 PM on August 1. The youngster has been in the hospital ever after Dance found him with a ligature around his head in April. He is thought to be brain dead, and according to medical professionals at the Royal London Hospital in east London, keeping him on life support is not in his best interests.

On June 29, 2022, in London, England, Hollie Dance (C-L) and Paul Battersbee (C-R), the mother and father of Archie Battersbee, address the media as they exit the Royal Courts of Justice after winning an appeal to have his case reheard. The 12-year-old Archie Battersbee’s family has asked the Court of Appeal to overturn a previous court decision that he is dead and that his life support system should be turned off. His parents, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, have filed an appeal because they believe his heart is still beating and that the decision should be reversed.

On the other side, his family has brought legal actions to keep Archie’s ventilator, a device that aids in moving air into and out of the lungs, turned on and his therapy continuing. His mother had begged Barclay to “act promptly” to stop the termination of the boy’s therapy, describing it as a “flagrant breach” of the boy’s rights and pleading with the UN to step in. “We recognise that any discussions involving stopping Archie’s treatment are extremely unpleasant and stressful. According to the letter from the Barts Trust, “We want to make sure that you and your family are as involved as you wish to be.”

A high court judge decided that stopping treatment is in Archie’s best interests after considering the evidence. Dance wrote to Barclay on Saturday, saying, “If this happens, it will be extreme cruelty, and a flagrant breach of Archie’s rights as a disabled person.” “Archie has a right to have the international human rights organisation examine the choices about his life and death made by the NHS and UK courts. To hasten his demise in order to stop that would be totally unacceptable.

A representative for the Department of Health and Social Care stated, “We recognise this is an extraordinarily painful moment for Archie Battersbee’s family, and our sympathies are with them.” The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has asked the Supreme Court to take its plea into immediate consideration, according to the administration.

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