Archie Battersbee’s mom seeks assembly with Well being Secretary to debate system

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girl who misplaced a Excessive Court docket life-support combat centred on her brain-damaged 12-year-old son desires to satisfy Well being Secretary Steve Barclay to debate the implications of the case.

Hollie Dance has written to Mr Barclay and needs a “public inquiry” into the “operation of this method” and a “change of the legislation”, following Archie Battersbee’s demise.

Ms Dance says, in her letter, that “comparable instances” are topic to “extreme reporting restrictions” and “subsequently away from public scrutiny”.

A choose primarily based within the Household Division of the Excessive Court docket in London dominated in July that medical doctors might lawfully cease offering life-support remedy for Archie, who suffered mind harm in an incident at house in Southend, Essex, in April.

Archie Battersbee (Hollie Dance/PA) / PA Media

Archie died lately after his mom, and father Paul Battersbee, failed in bids to overturn Mr Justice Hayden’s ruling.

Ms Dance and Mr Battersbee, who’re separated, are being supported by a marketing campaign organisation referred to as the Christian Authorized Centre.

Centre officers launched Ms Dance’s letter to Mr Barclay on Friday.

“I want to meet with you … to debate how we are able to work collectively to make sure that no different household has to undergo this,” says Ms Dance within the letter.

“Archie’s case has had loads of publicity, however I do know that many comparable instances are heard within the Household Division topic to extreme reporting restrictions, and subsequently away from public scrutiny.

“There needs to be a complete public inquiry into the operation of this method; after which a change of the legislation to guard the grieving households from cruelty.”

Ms Dance had earlier stated she felt “backed right into a nook” by the authorized system and stated her household felt “stripped” of rights.

Judges heard how Ms Dance discovered Archie unconscious with a ligature over his head on April 7.

The mom of Archie Battersbee, Hollie Dance, speaks to the media exterior the Royal Courts of Justice, London (Dominic Lipinski/PA) / PA Wire

She thinks he might need been participating in a web-based problem.

The teenager didn’t regain consciousness.

Docs treating Archie on the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, thought that he was brain-stem useless and stated continued life-support remedy was not in his finest pursuits.

Bosses on the hospital’s governing belief, Barts Well being NHS Belief, had requested for selections on what medical strikes have been in Archie’s finest pursuits.

A Excessive Court docket choose, Mrs Justice Arbuthnot, initially thought of the case and concluded that Archie was useless.

However Court docket of Enchantment judges upheld a problem by his dad and mom in opposition to selections taken by Mrs Justice Arbuthnot and stated the proof needs to be reviewed by a unique Excessive Court docket choose, Mr Justice Hayden.

He dominated that ending remedy could be in Archie’s finest pursuits after an extra listening to.


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