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Archie Battersbee: New court hearing set as boy’s family fight to keep life support going | UK News

A court hearing will take place this morning in a court battle over whether to withdraw life-sustaining treatment for 12-year-old Archie Buttersby.

Archie was scheduled to withdraw treatment today at 2:00 pm, but with government and UN intervention, a hearing of the Virtual Appeal Court will take place at 11:00 am.

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has urged the UK Government to suspend the withdrawal of Archie’s life support system until it has the opportunity to consider the case.

The government’s legal counsel then urged the High Court to “urgently consider” the UN’s request.

Archie has been working on life-sustaining since April after being unknowingly discovered by her mother at home in the Southend of Essex.

A doctor treating him at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, eastern London, says he has a dead brainstem and continuous life-supporting treatment is not in his best interests.

Archie’s mother, Holly Dance, said, “I am relieved that the government has taken the UN intervention seriously. This was not a” request “but an injunction from the UN for interim measures.

“The fear of being told that Archie’s life support system would be removed was horrifying. It’s unbearable that we’re already broken and we don’t know what’s next.”

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Holly dance of Archie and his mother

Saturday, Ms Dance I sent a letter to the Minister of Health Steve Berkley urged him to help save his son’s life.

She writes: “If this happens, this would be an extraordinary atrocities and a serious breach of Archie’s right as a disabled person.”

Ms. Dance said the Barts Health NHS Trust, which is treating her son, gave her details on how doctors stopped treatment and had her family monitor his death.

After reviewing the evidence from the clinician, the High Court judge decided that it was in Archie’s best interests to end the treatment.

Archie hasn’t regained consciousness since April 7, and said Ms. Dance suspects she might have participated in an online challenge before she was injured.

Archie’s family said that discontinuing treatment would violate the UK’s obligations under Articles 10 and 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Article 6 of the UN Convention on Children’s Rights. Insist.

These international obligations require the state to take all necessary steps to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy equal rights, and the government does everything possible to prevent the deaths of children and adolescents. It states that it must be done.

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