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The case of Archie Battersbee has come to an end: the last appeal has been rejected and the child will be disconnected from the machines that keep him alive

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The matter of Archie Battersbeethat 12-year-old boy attached to cars for several months it has come to a sad end: the last appeal made by the parents to the European Court of Justice has been rejected, the child will then be disconnected from the life support machines. However, the mother asked that he be moved to another facility where she can say goodbye.

The Story of Archie Battersbee

The story that comes fromEssex, England, mobilized the European public. On 7 April 2022, 12-year-old Archie Battersbee was found unconscious in his home in Southend-on-Sea. At the time, the mother believed it was due to a possible online challenge attempted by the son.

For doctors, the 12-year-old reported a “very likely” brain death from which he would no longer have any chance of recovery. Archie has been attached to life support machines for months, without which he would die.

Archie Battersbee's parentsPhoto source: IPA

Archie Battersbee’s parents

That was decided by the English Supreme Court “in vain” the continuation of the treatment and ordered that the plug be removed. However, the parents struggled and turned to The European Court of Human Rights. To no avail though.

The parents’ last appeal was rejected

According to what was published yesterday, Friday, August 5, the opinion of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg was negative. The ECtHR has effectively ruled that it does not have jurisdiction over the case and cannot intervene in respect of what has already been decided by UK law.

For parents, a defeat: the mother, Dans, according to British media reports, she lashed out at the British health and justice system. In fact, the woman claims that there would have been other countries, e.g Italy And Japanwhich could have given Archie the vital support he needed.

However, a move abroad by the child will never be considered by the authorities.

The mother’s last request for a “more dignified death”

After hearing the court’s decision and the end of the legal battle for the child’s survival, albeit attached to the machines, Archie Battersbee’s mother made one last request.

The parents approachedHigh Court of London for an appeal: they ask that the child be moved to a facility closer to home so they can say goodbye in more peace and quiet. To give him a “more dignified death“, are the words used by the mother.

Stoppage of assisted ventilation was planned for today at 12 Italian, but the appeal may have postponed the times. However, the hospital doctors also advised against this last step.

Strong criticism from the Vatican

That The Vatican. The church media, speaking about the case of Archie Battersbee, strongly criticized the decision of the British authorities to pull the plug on the comatose child from 7 April.

Archie is not a dry leafhe is a real child,” reads the memo, which also cites the cases of Charlie Gard, Alfie Evans And Tafida Raqeebthe latter curated in Italy after a lengthy tug-of-war with the London authorities.

In Italy, a referendum oneuthanasia he was dismissed only a few months ago and the Speaker of Parliament himself Roberto Fico he said he regretted that this legislature will not be able to address the issue within the deadline scheduled for next the election in September 2022.


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