Timeline of 12-year-old Archie Battersby’s case

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

– April 7, 2022

His mother, Holly Dance, finds Archie unconscious at her home in Southend, Essex. He has a ligature around his neck, leading her to believe that he is taking part in an online competition that went wrong. The boy was taken to the hospital with a head injury.

– 26 April

The Barts Health NHS Trust, which is responsible for Archie’s treatment at the Royal London Hospital, is launching High Court proceedings to test the brainstem, which is responsible for keeping people alive, and cancel mechanical ventilation.

Doctors consider it “highly likely” that the boy is actually dead and say it is in his best interest to stop resuscitation. Archie’s parents, Holly Dance and Paul Battersby, express concern.

– may 13

High Court Judge Ms. Justice Arbuthnot ruled that a brainstem analysis would be in Archie’s best interest.

– 16th of May

Two technicians try to run a nerve stimulation test on Archie, but no response is found.

– June 6-8

Mrs. Judge Arbuthnot, sitting in the Family Division of the High Court, oversees evidence and controversy regarding Archie’s treatment for three days. Doctors say it is “very likely” that he has a “brain stem dead”. Lawyers representing Archie’s family say his heart is still beating and are demanding more treatment.

– June 13

Mrs. Judge Arbuthnot ruled that Archie was dead and said doctors could legally stop his treatment. Archie’s family says they plan to appeal.

– June 20

Ms. Dance and Mr. Battersby were granted permission to appeal this decision.


Archie Battersby with his mother Hollie Dance (Hollie Dance/PA)

– June 29

At a subsequent hearing, the three appellate judges ruled that the evidence relating to what was in Archie’s interests should be reviewed by another High Court judge. Archie’s parents say they are “delighted” with the decision.

– July 11

High Court Judge Mr Justice Hayden is hearing doctors testify that continuing Archie’s treatment will only “postpone the inevitable”. But the boy’s mother says her son is a “born fighter” and urges doctors to continue treatment.

– July 15

Mr Justice Hayden rules in favor of the hospital fund, saying the medical evidence is “strong and unanimous” and paints a “bleak” picture. He adds: “There can be no hope of recovery.” Archie’s parents say they will ask the Court of Appeal judges to reverse Judge Hayden’s decision.

– July 21-22

Sir Andrew Macfarlane, President of the Family Division of the High Court and the highest-ranking Family Law Judge in England and Wales, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Peter Jackson, were told during a two-day hearing that medical evidence showed that Archie was in a “coma”. condition”.


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

– July 25

Three Court of Appeals judges ruled that doctors could legally stop providing Archie with resuscitation. Once again, the family announces plans to apply to the European Court of Human Rights.

– July 28th

Archie’s family fails to convince the Supreme Court to intervene in the case.

– July 29

Undeterred, the family submits a “final” application to the UN committee to intervene.

– July 31

The hospital where Archie is being treated says that his treatment should be stopped on August 1 at 2:00 pm. However, it is confirmed that the Court of Appeal has set a virtual hearing for 11:00 am on 1 August after the UK government asked him to “urgently consider” a UN committee’s request to continue his treatment so that the committee can consider his case.


Archie Battersby was an avid gymnast (Holly Dance/PA)

– August 1

The Court of Appeal denies the motion to delay the end of Archie’s treatment. It states that his life support will end at noon the next day.

– August 2

Archie’s parents are denied permission to appeal the latest decision to the Supreme Court. Ms. Dance says the Barts Health NHS Trust will begin shutting down Archie’s life support on August 3 at 11:00 a.m. unless the family files an application with the European Court of Human Rights by 9:00 a.m. that day. The Trust will not begin shutting down life support until all legal issues are resolved.

– August 3rd

The European Court of Human Rights rejects the latest application. Archie’s family says it intends to ask the Supreme Court to allow the student to be placed on hospice.

– August 4

Almost four months after Archie suffered a head injury, his parents formally filed a lawsuit in the High Court over the transfer of the child to hospice, which the hospital is opposed to. Archie’s care continues. The hearing takes place in the Royal Courts of London and lasts until late in the evening.

– 5th of August

Mrs. Judge Thayes decides that a transfer to an orphanage is not in Archie’s best interests. A High Court judge is denying the family leave to appeal against their decision, granting them a stay until 2 p.m. on Friday to cancel Archie’s treatment so they can go directly to the Court of Appeal.

In denying leave to appeal, the Court of Appeal judges say Ms. Judge Thays’ decision dealt with “comprehensively each of the issues raised on behalf of the parents” and said the proposed appeal “has no chance of success.”

An application to the European Court of Human Rights alleging that the High Court decision violated the European Convention on Human Rights also fails.

Archie’s family was told that his life support system would be turned off at 10 a.m. Saturday, according to campaign group Christian Concern.

– August 6

Archie’s mother, Ms. Dance, tells reporters outside the hospital that her son died at 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

She said she was “the proudest mom in the world”, adding, “He was such a beautiful little boy and he fought to the very end and I’m so proud to be his mom.”