An NHS trust boss says staff are giving relatives of a 12-year-old boy with brain damage time to “come to terms” with a judge’s decision to end life-support treatment. It should be.
But Barts Health NHS Trust chief medical officer Alastair Chaser said on Friday that “further delay” in providing “palliative care” to Archie Battersby without a court order would not be appropriate.
Archie’s parents, Holly Dance and Paul Battersby, have appealed to the United Nations to intervene.
We are giving Archie’s loved ones time as the courts decide that treatment should not continue and are involving them every step of the way.
They say they have made a “last ditch” appeal to the UN committee after losing their battle for life-support treatment in London courts.
A spokesman for the family said they wanted the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to look into the young man’s case.
He said that an official of the United Nations has written acknowledging this request.
Mr Chaser said staff had their “deepest sympathies” for Archie’s family.
“We are giving Archie’s loved ones time to comply with the court’s decision that treatment should not continue and are involving them every step of the way,” they said in a statement.
“Further delay in initiating remedial care would not be appropriate without a court order.”
After reviewing the evidence, the High Court judge ruled that ending treatment was in Archie’s best interests.
The teenager’s parents, who are separated but both live in Southend, Essex, failed to persuade Court of Appeal judges to overturn the decision and Supreme Court judges have refused to intervene. .
Archie’s parents are supported by a campaign organization called the Christian Legal Centre.
A spokesman for the Center announced its latest move and said it had made a “last ditch request”.
“Archie’s parents want the UN committee to look into Archie’s case, arguing that it has a protocol that allows ‘individuals and families’ to report violations of the rights of persons with disabilities,” the spokesman said. allows to complain,” said the spokesperson.
“The family argues that withholding treatment would be in breach of the UK’s obligations under articles … of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and an article of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.”
Archie’s parents have asked the hospital owners to continue treatment until the United Nations takes up the case.
Jurors heard Ms Dance found Archie unconscious with a ligature on his head on April 7.
She thinks he might be taking part in an online challenge.
The young man was unconscious.
Doctors treating Archie at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, believe he is brain-stem dead and say that continued life-support treatment is not in his best interests.
Bosses at the hospital’s governing trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, were asked to make decisions about medical measures in Archie’s best interests.
A High Court judge, Mrs Justice Arbuthnot, initially considered the case and came to the conclusion that Archie was dead.
But Court of Appeal judges upheld a challenge by her parents to Mrs Justice Arbuthnot’s rulings and said the evidence should be reviewed by a different High Court judge, Mr Justice Hayden.
Archie’s parents released a letter they received from a UN official in Geneva following their request.
The letter states that the “State Party” is requested to “refrain from withdrawing life-saving medical treatment” while the matter is “considered by the Committee”.
It said the application “does not imply that a decision has been reached on the substance of the matter under consideration”.