Archie Battersbee's mum begs Supreme Court to bar hospital from turning off son's life support so they can appeal to UN | The Sun

ARCHIE Battersbee’s parents have begged the Supreme Court to stop a hospital from turning off their son’s life support machine. 

Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee want more time to at least take their 12-year-old boy's treatment battle to the UN.

The couple want the United Nations to consider the case after losing life-support treatment fights in London courts.

Archie's parents say it has a protocol which allows "individuals and families" to make complaints about violations of disabled people's rights.

They say the UN could ask the UK Government to delay the withdrawal of life support to Archie while a complaint is investigated

It comes after three Court of Appeal judges upheld a ruling on Monday which said doctors could lawfully stop treating Archie.


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He has been on mechanical ventilation in a “comatose state” since April after suffering “catastrophic” brain damage.

It followed an accident at the family's home in Essex three months ago.

Parents Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, who are split up but both live in Southend, asked judges at the European Court of Human Rights to intervene after losing the latest round to keep Archie on life support.

But Archie's parents argued that the judge, Mr Justice Hayden, had made errors after the hearing.

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Appeal judges were told on Monday that dad Paul, in his 50s, was feared to have suffered a heart attack or stroke outside a courtroom at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Barts Health NHS Trust in London want to withdraw treatment and were given permission to do so following best interest proceeding carried out in the High Court.

But Archie's parents say the move is against his wishes.

They have argued the decision breaches Articles 10 and 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, as well as Article 6 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Children.

This is despite the High Court previously finding that Archie can't feel pain so his current treatment does not cause any pain or distress.

Damage to his spinal cord could also prevent the boy breathing independently regardless of any damage to his brain, it's claimed.

It comes as mum Hollie, who is convinced Archie will pull through, released a video of her son, claiming to show he could breathe without his respirator.

High Court judge Mrs Justice Arbuthnot initially considered the case and concluded that Archie was dead.

Court of Appeal judges upheld a challenge by his parents against Justice Arbuthnot and the case then went to Justice Hayden.

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The lad, who is being treated in the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, East London, was found with a ligature around his neck on April 7.

His family think he may have been taking part in a social media challenge that requires participants to asphyxiate themselves before regaining consciousness.

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