Archie Battersbee’s mum will ‘give him mouth-to-mouth when support is withdrawn’

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The 12-year-old’s distraught family are coming to terms with the fact he doesn’t have long left (Picture: PA)

The mum of Archie Battersbee is prepared to give her son mouth-to-mouth if he is taken off life support.

His family are facing an agonising wait to find out if a court will intervene and allow them to move the 12-year-old to a hospice to receive palliative care.

Legal efforts to prevent his life support machine from being switched off have failed and efforts are now focussed on letting him die ‘with dignity’ outside a hospital.

But doctors in charge of his care have objected to the family wishes, saying it could be too dangerous to move him.

Judges are continuing to consider a last ditch effort launched by the family, who want him to have access to oxygen support outside a hospital that could extend his life.

A spokesperson for the Christian Legal Centre, which is working with the family, told The Sun she was willing to go to any lengths to keep her son alive.

In a statement, Hollie said: ‘If Archie is denied oxygen if and when life-support is removed I will continue to give him oxygen.

‘I pray that the High Court will do the right thing. If they refuse permission for us to take him to a hospice and for him to receive palliative oxygen it will simply be inhumane and nothing about Archie’s dignity.

Undated family handout file photo of Archie Battersbee with his mother Hollie Dance. Archie's parents have submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights in a bid to postpone the withdrawal of his life support. The 12-year-old has been in a coma since he was found unconscious by his mother in April and is currently being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments, at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London. Issue date: Wednesday August 3, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Archie. Photo credit should read: Hollie Dance/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Archie’s mum Holly has waged a high profile legal campaign to keep her son’s life support machine on but time is running out (Picture: PA)

‘The whole system has been stacked against us.

‘Reform must now come through Charlie’s Law so that no parents have to go through this. 

‘We will fight to the end for Archie’s right to live.’

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) refused an application from the boy’s parents on Wednesday to delay any changes to his treatment.

It had been due to be withdrawn from 11am on Thursday but a High Court bid has been launched to have him moved out of the Royal London Hospital.

Undated family handout file photo of Archie Battersbee, 12, whose parents have submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights in a bid to postpone the withdrawal of his life support. The 12-year-old has been in a coma since he was found unconscious by his mother in April and is currently being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments, at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London. Issue date: Saturday May 14, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Archie. Photo credit should read: Hollie Dance/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Archie hasn’t woken up from a coma since being found unconscious in April and doctors agree there is no chance of recovery (Picture: PA)

Heartbroken mum Holly Dance has vowed to ‘fight to the end for Archie’s right to live’ and has expressed a wish to ‘spend his last moments’ together with family privately.

Archie has been in a coma since he was found unconscious at his home in Southend, Essex, on April 7.

He is being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments, at the hospital in Whitechapel, east London.

Ms Dance believes he was taking part in an online challenge at the time he became ill.

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