What happened to Archie Battersbee?

What happened to Archie Battersbee?

June 7, 2022

ARCHIE BATTERSBEE was involved in a tragic accident at home which left him fighting for life.

But what exactly happened and how is he doing? Here's all you need to know.

What happened to Archie Battersbee?

12-year-old Archie Battersbee was left in a coma after suffering a "freak accident" at home in Southend, Essex, on 7 April, 2022.

His mum Hollie Dance has said she found him with a ligature over his head, and thinks he might have been taking part in an online challenge.

After over a week at his bedside, Hollie told the Echo: "It’s a freak accident which resulted in a brain injury and I’m just reliving it constantly.

“To be honest the doctors are saying negative stuff, he’s not responding, but we do hold hope.


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“I feel he needs a bit of time."

A GoFundMe page was set up by Archie's sister-in-law Ella Carter to support the family with medical costs which has raised over £20,000.

How is Archie Battersbee doing?

Archie is on life-support at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

He has not regained consciousness since the accident.

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On June 6, 2022, a specialist told a court scans showed parts of Archie's brain were dead and decaying and said the "chance of recovery is very low".

At an earlier hearing, one specialist told the judge he thought scans showed the youngster had suffered "irretrievable" damage to his brain.

Two other specialists said they thought tests showed he was "brain-stem dead".

Why is Archie Battersbee case in court?

Doctors believe that it's "highly likely" that Archie is dead and have said that treatment should end.

But Archie's parents Paul and Hollie disagree, and his treatment is now at the centre of a treatment dispute at the High Court.

Lawyers representing the hospital's governing trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, have asked Mrs Justice Emma Arbuthnot to make a decision on whether doctors should continue to treat him.

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The judge is overseeing a final hearing which is due to end on Wednesday, 8 June, 2022.

At a recent hearing she'd ruled that the boy should undergo further scans before she made her decisions.

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