THE mother of a brain-damaged schoolboy after a dangerous social media venture told him she won’t give up to save his life.
Just hours after a judge ruled doctors can turn off life support on 12-year-old Archie Battersbee because he is medically dead, Hollie Dance sat at his hospital bed to break the devastating news.
Hollie told The Mirror of the heartbreaking moment, saying she whispered to her son: “Archie we lost this fight but we won’t give up, we will keep fighting.”
The 46-year-old then held a vigil at the hospital, where she held his hand and stroked his hair.
Hollie added: “He’s a 12-year-old boy who has been sentenced to death.
“I will not give up, this is just the beginning of the fight.”
A High Court battle ensued, during which experts declared the young man to be brain dead with no chance of full recovery.
Ms Justice Arbuthnot said yesterday doctors could now begin to pull life support.
But Hollie and Archie’s father Paul, 56, both insist Archie’s heart is still beating.
And they asked to give him more time.
On the court steps after the verdict, Hollie said: “His heart is still beating, he grabbed my hand.
“As his mother and through my mother’s instincts, I know my son is still around.”
Archie suffered brain damage after a “freak accident” while playing a game he saw online.
His mother found him on April 7 this year with a ligature around his neck at the family home in Southend, Essex.
He was in a coma and hasn’t woken up since.
Archie remains at the Royal London Hospital, where his family rarely leave his bed.
Hollie said, “I am devastated and extremely disappointed by the judge’s decision after weeks of litigation when I wanted to be by my little boy’s bedside.”
As his mother and through my mother’s instincts, I know my son is still here.
Mama Hollie Dance
The court heard Archie is ‘probably’ dead based on an MRI scan – the first time a decision has been made using that method, Hollie claimed.
A specialist said tests had shown no “detectable” brain activity and “significant areas of tissue necrosis” – meaning parts of the brain had died.
But Hollie refuses to accept that this means her son is “brain dead”.
“The medical report presented in court was clear in that the whole concept of ‘brain death’ is now discredited,” she said.
“In any case, Archie cannot be reliably diagnosed as brain dead.
“I am disgusted that the hospital and the judge did not consider his family’s wishes.
“I don’t think Archie was given enough time.
“From the start I’ve always thought, ‘What’s the rush?'”
She said the case raises “significant moral, legal and medical questions” surrounding the legal definition of death – and she plans to appeal.
“I know miracles when people come back from brain death,” Hollie told reporters.
“We intend to appeal. That’s just the beginning. I will not give up my fight for my son.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5555550/archie-battersbee-mum-whispered-life-support/ What Archie Battersbee’s mum whispered to the 12-year-old brain-damaged boy after he was told his life support had to be turned off