The parents of Archie Battersbee have won the right to a new hearing to determine whether their 12-year-old son can continue on life support after a judge ruled that a London hospital could discontinue the boy’s care.
Battersbee’s parents, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, appeared before judges at the Court of Appeals in London Wednesday to argue for their son’s care to continue.
In a decision handed down in the Family Division of the High Court earlier this month, Justice Emma Arbuthnot ruled that medical professionals at Royal London Hospital could remove Archie Battersbee’s life support. The boy has been unconscious since April due to a brain injury.
Arbuthnot ruled that Battersbee, who was discovered unconscious at home with a ligature around his neck on April 7, is likely dead “on the balance of probabilities.” She permitted the parents to appeal the decision.
According to a statement released by the Christian Legal Centre, which has been supporting the family, a panel of three judges ruled there should be another hearing on Battersbee’s case.
The decision was made by the Master of the Rolls Sir Geoffrey Vos, President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane and Lady Justice King. The High Court will hear the case again on July 11, “with the understanding that Archie remains alive,” according to the legal group.
CLC Chief Executive Andrea Williams said in a statement that the ruling “shows the critical importance of never giving up.”
“In these difficult moments, nerves and principles are important,” she said. “This judgment upholds life and will protect many more people from a slippery slope in which the legal definition of death is expanded.”
“Where there’s life, there’s hope. We keep praying that Archie will be able to recover, given more time,” she concluded.
Hollie Dance said that she is “delighted” by the decision.
“We wanted another hearing and we’ve got everything we wanted,” she said, according to The Daily Mail.
Paul Battersbee expressed the same sentiment, stating that “It couldn’t really have gone any better today.”
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