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Archie Battersbee's Mum Says She 'Feels Extremely Let Down By Our Justice System'

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Archie Battersbee's Mum Says She 'Feels Extremely Let Down By Our Justice System'

Archie Battersbee's mum, Hollie Dance, has said she feels 'extremely let down by our justice system'. You can watch the video below:

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Hollie appeared on Good Morning Britain following news that Archie's life support will be turned off today (2 August). Despite a United Nations injunction, it was concluded that the High Court was not bound by the UN treaty and that the 12-year-old's life support can be legally switched off.

"Me and Archie's dad made a promise to Archie we would fight this until the end and that's exactly what we intend to do," said Hollie, who was speaking from the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.

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"I do feel extremely let down by our justice system. I know Archie's still with us and Archie's showing very different signs to what the clinicians are saying.

"He's progressing in so many ways. He's got a very good stable heart beat, he holds his own blood pressure, he's gaining weight."

Hollie added: "I find it very hard not to exhaust every option. Whilst he is progressing, it's very, very hard not to fight for his life."

Archie's mum believes his injuries might be from taking part in an online challenge. Credit: Alamy
Archie's mum believes his injuries might be from taking part in an online challenge. Credit: Alamy
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Archie will continue to receive treatment at the Royal London Hospital until 12:00pm today.

After Archie was found unconscious by his mum at his home in Southend-on-Sea, Essex on 7 April, the youngster was rushed to hospital where he received treatment.

His mum suspects he was taking part in an online challenge.

However doctors at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, now believe it was 'highly likely' he was 'brain-stem dead' after an MRI scan was completed.

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Hollie argued that there was evidence that her son was improving, despite the doctor's prognosis, and said that he should be given six months to recover.

Archie Battersbee's mum, Hollie Dance, has said she feels 'extremely let down by our justice system'. Credit: ITV
Archie Battersbee's mum, Hollie Dance, has said she feels 'extremely let down by our justice system'. Credit: ITV

Hollie said: "I don't think six months was not too much to ask for, before being dragged through a court.

"I don't think I'm holding on to hope, I'm just asking for a realistic time for my child to recover from a brain injury.

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"They wanted to turn the machine off on day three. What is the rush?

"I just think while Archie's progressing, I think it's important that evidence is actually put before a court. That he's progressing, not deteriorating like the doctor said that he would."

Earlier this month, Hollie shared a video which she claimed proved Archie was 'trying to breathe on his own'.

Featured Image Credit: ITV/PA Images/Alamy

Topics: News

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