Archie Battersbee: UN issues order to prevent UK from shutting down brain damaged boy’s life support

The United Nations has issued an order requiring Archie Battersbee to continue on ventilator while they consider his case.

The order of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) says the 12-year-old’s life support should not be removed after his parents fail to persuade the Supreme Court to intervene.

Archie’s mother and father, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, filed an application with the UN earlier on Friday to delay the withdrawal of their son’s life support while their complaint was investigated.

The family argued that stopping treatment would violate the UK’s obligations under Articles 10 and 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and Article 6 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. the rights of children.

Commenting on the news, Ms Dance said: “I am so grateful to the UN for their response and acting so quickly for my son. We have had so much stress and anxiety; we are already broken and not knowing what was going to happen was unbearable. Getting this news now means everything.

“This is the first time this has ever happened in [the] history of this inhumane system in the UK. There have been so many ups and downs, but we’ve put on the full armor of God, gone into battle, and now we’ve given Archie time – that’s all we’ve ever asked for.”

Archie Battersbee (Family Handout)

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The youngster has been relying on mechanical ventilation since he was hospitalized on April 7, when he was found unconscious with a ligature over his head.

Doctors treating Archie at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, believe he is brain stem dead and say continuing life-support treatment is not in his best interests.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Center that has supported the family’s case, said: “We are delighted with the response from the UN. It is high time that the UK’s processes of proactively ending children’s lives were scrutinized internationally.

“We now hope and pray that in future cases the UN committee will do justice to Archie and his family, as well as other disabled people in UK hospitals.

“Life is the most precious gift we have.

“We have stood by the family from the beginning three months ago after the tragedy and now we continue to pray for this beautiful boy, Archie, and for everyone involved.”

Archie Battersbee’s parents, Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance, leave the Royal Courts Of Justice (Victoria Jones/PA)

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In response to Archie’s family’s plea, the UN CRPD wrote to his parents and legal team: “Under Article 4 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and in accordance with Rule 64 of the Regulations of Order of the Committee, through its Special Rapporteur on Communications, has requested the State Party to refrain from withdrawing life-saving medical treatments, including mechanical respiration and artificial feeding and hydration, from the alleged victim while the matter is pending before the Committee This request does not imply that a decision has been made on the merits.

“The Committee may, upon receipt of the comments from the State Party, assess the need to maintain the request for interim measures.”

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