Archie Battersbee, 12, is set to be taken off life support on Monday despite UN intervention

A youngster who is on life support after being found unconscious at home in April is set to have treatment withdrawn on Monday August 1, unless the UK government complies with an order from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. the man.

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Archie Battersbee, 12, is being treated by Barts Health NHS Trust after he was found unconscious at home by his mother on April 7. The trust said in a letter to her parents that “no supplemental oxygen will be administered” after the endotracheal mechanical ventilator tube is removed. The boy has relied on the machine since being admitted to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. “The time it takes for the heart to stop beating is often a matter of minutes, but in some cases it may take longer,” the letter says. “A doctor will assess Archie regularly to confirm that the heart has stopped beating, but taking into account the family’s need not to have too much intrusion at such a difficult time.”

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Archie’s parents, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, will learn on Monday morning how the removal process should be carried out, with the preservation of their son’s “dignity” in mind. The letter continued, “You or any family member may want to lie on Archie’s bed with him or have him in your arms, if that should be practically possible.” It came after a High Court judge ruled ending treatment was in Archie’s best interest after reviewing evidence from clinicians. He said the boy’s prognosis was “bleak”.

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On the other hand, the family members argued that doctors must give Archie a chance to recover and filed a request with the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, citing Articles 10 and 12 of the Convention. (UNCRPD) calling on nations to guarantee the right to life and equal rights of persons with disabilities. Responding to the request, the committee wrote a letter to Dance and his lawyer Bruno Quintavalle asking “the State party [the UK] to refrain from withholding life-saving medical treatment, including medical ventilation and artificial nutrition and hydration, from the alleged victim while the case is being considered by the committee. »

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Speaking to Sky News, a government official said he had received correspondence from the UN which he was carefully reviewing. “We recognize that this is an exceptionally difficult time for Archie Battersbee’s family and our thoughts are with them,” a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said. “We have received the letter and will respond to it in due course.”

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Alistair Chesser, chief medical officer at Barts Health NHS Trust, said any “further delay” in “palliative care” to Archie would not be “appropriate” without a court order. But her parents argued that stopping the treatment would be a direct violation of international human rights law. “My boy is really in a bad place. The hospital is in full control of the situation,” Dance told Sky News. “If they go ahead (to stop the treatment), knowing that the UN is now involved, I don’t think it will look very good for this country.”

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Hollie Dance (CL) and Paul Battersbee (CR), mother and father of Archie Battersbee, speak to the media as they leave the Royal Courts of Justice after winning an appeal for his case to be reheard , on June 29, 2022, in London, England (Carl Court/Getty Images)

The beleaguered mother, who impatiently hopes the UK government will comply with the UN’s request, said the Trust’s claims were rather misleading. “As a family, we are very disappointed that the management of the Trust has chosen to hide behind euphemisms and mislead the public,” Dance told the outlet. “It’s hard to see a reason for this behavior except to know that what they are doing is cruel and wrong.”

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