Archie’s mother considers herself ‘backed by the system’ during legal battle

The mother of Archie Batterbee, who died at age 12 after a legal battle between her parents and doctors, says she felt “trapped in by the system”.

Hollie Dance

Hollie Dance adds that she has already requested an urgent meeting with Secretary of Health Steve Barclay to discuss the role of the National Health Service and the Family Division of the Supreme Court in cases similar to Archie’s because, reflecting on her experience, she considers felt on an “emotional roller coaster”. In addition, she also called for a public inquiry to be opened. The Department of Health and Social Welfare reported that the request had been received and a spokesperson stated that “the department was developing the process to commission a review of the causes of disagreement in the care of critically ill children, as set out in the Law of Health and Care 2022”. He also mentioned that a letter will be sent to Archie’s mother “in the next few days”.

Doctors at the Royal London Hospital argued that it was “highly likely” that Archie was brain dead, so they took the case to court, asking the judges to decide what was in the child’s best interests. However, Hollie Dance maintains that she didn’t feel her son had a chance to recover.

The countries also report that communication with the Barts NHS Health Trust, which runs the hospital, became impossible once the case was brought to court. Archie’s mother recalls that she felt they had been “stripped of all rights and cornered by the system”, so that: “it felt like we were the ones being judged.”

In the mother’s opinion, this demonstrates that “a change is needed”. Since: “As if it weren’t a traumatic time enough, you’re still faced with fighting the system.” Hollie Dance claims that she was “not prepared to fight”.

In the statements made, he considers: “We were cornered. It was the hospital that took us to court, not the other way around. The process was difficult, stressful and unnecessary, we need changes.” The hospital continues to maintain that “treatment was withdrawn in accordance with court rulings in Archie’s best interests.”

The trial ran for four months and in the end the judges sided with the hospital, stating that further treatment was “futile” given the medical evidence, the machines were shut down on 6 August.

According to Hollie Dance, the child died surrounded by family and friends, but his last moments were “horrible”. The child’s mother had asked for Archie to be transferred to a hospice, where they could say goodbye in a calmer environment, but this was refused after medical teams felt the child was too unstable and that the trip could “accelerate premature deterioration”. .

Although the ending wasn’t what she expected, Hollie Dance says she doesn’t regret getting into the legal battles.

About the child, who will have participated in an online challenge known on Tik Tok as Blackout Challengerecalls: “He was brilliant, I’m so honored to be his mom. It was the best 12 years of mine with that little boy. If I had to go through that again, I’d still fight as hard for Archie or any of my kids. .. is heartbreaking.”

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