Timeline in the case of 12-year-old Archie Battersby


Here is the timeline of the tragic case of 12-year-old Archie Battersby:

– 7 April 2022

Archie was found unconscious by his mother Holly Dance at their home in Southend, Essex. He has a lectern around his neck, leading him to believe he is participating in an online challenge gone wrong. The boy was taken to hospital with traumatic head injuries.

– April 26

Barts Health NHS Trust, which is responsible for Archie’s care at the Royal London Hospital, launches High Court proceedings seeking to have brain stem tests – which are responsible for keeping people alive. – and to withdraw mechanical ventilation.

Doctors believe it is “highly likely” the young man is effectively dead, and say it is in his best interests for life-support treatment to be stopped. Archie’s parents, Holly Dance and Paul Battersby, expressed concern.

– May 13

High Court judge Mrs Justice Arbuthnot ruled that a brainstem test would be in Archie’s best interests.

Archie Battersby, whose parents have fought a long legal battle over his treatment (Holly Dance/PA) / PA Media

– May 16

Two experts tried nerve stimulation tests on Archie, but there was no response.

– June 6-8

Mrs Justice Arbuthnot, sitting in the Family Division of the High Court, oversees three days of evidence and arguments regarding Archie’s treatment. Doctors believe it is “very likely” that he is “brain stem dead”. Lawyers representing Archie’s family say his heart is still beating and they want care to continue.

– June 13

Mrs Justice Arbuthnot said Archie was dead and said doctors could legally stop treating him. Archie’s family say they plan to appeal.

– June 20

Ms Dance and Mr Battersby have been granted leave to appeal the decision.

Archie Battersby with his mother Holly Dance (Holly Dance/PA) / PA Media

– June 29

At a later hearing, three appeal judges ruled that the evidence on Archie’s best interests should be reconsidered by a different High Court judge. Archie’s parents say they are “delighted” with the decision.

– July 11

High Court judge Mr Justice Hayden heard evidence from doctors that continuing Archie’s treatment would only cause “inevitable delay”. But the boy’s mother says her son is a “natural born fighter” and urges doctors to continue caring for him.

– July 15

Mr Justice Hayden ruled in favor of the hospital trust, saying the medical evidence was “compelling and unanimous” and painted a “bleak” picture. He added: “There can be no hope of recovery.” Archie’s parents say they will ask Court of Appeal judges to overturn Mr Justice Hayden’s decision.

July 21-22

Sir Andrew MacFarlane, president of the High Court’s Family Division and the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, told Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Peter Jackson during the two-day hearing that medical evidence showed Archie ” Unconscious”.

Archie Battersby’s mother, Holly Dance, right, speaks to the media outside the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London (Dominic Lipinski/PA) / PA Wire

– July 25

Three appeals judges ruled that doctors could legally stop giving Archie life-support treatment. Again, the family announced plans to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

July 28

Archie’s family failed to persuade the Supreme Court to intervene in the matter.

– July 29

Undeterred, the family made a “last ditch” appeal to the UN committee to step in.

– July 31

The hospital treating Archie says he is due to be withdrawn on August 1 at 2pm. However, it has been confirmed that the Court of Appeal has granted a virtual hearing for August 1 at 11am after the UK government requested that the UN committee continue its treatment. asked for “immediate consideration” so that the committee could examine his case.

Archie Battersby has been a keen gymnast (Holly Dance/PA) / PA Media

– August 1st

The appeals court rejected the request to stop Archie’s treatment. He says her life support care will end the next day at noon.

– 2 August

Archie’s parents have been refused permission to appeal the latest decision to the Supreme Court. Ms Dance says Barts Health NHS Trust will begin withdrawing Archie’s life support at 11am on August 3 unless the family submits an application to the European Court of Human Rights by 9am that day. The trust will not begin removing life support until all legal issues are resolved.

– August 3

The European Court of Human Rights rejected the last-ditch appeal. Archie’s family say they want to ask the High Court to allow the schoolboy to be shifted to a hospice.

– August 4

Almost four months after Archie suffered a traumatic head injury, his parents formally filed High Court proceedings to move him into hospice care – which the hospital opposes. Archie’s care continues. A hearing is held at the Royal Court of Justice in London, which continues into the evening.

– August 5

Mrs Justice Theis says it is not in Archie’s best interests to be moved to a hospice. A High Court judge refused to allow the family to appeal his decision, adjourning Archie’s withdrawal from treatment until 2pm on Friday so they could go directly to the Court of Appeal.