Archie Battersbee went completely blue as family watched barbaric death

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Archie Battersbee "went completely blue" as his family watched his "barbaric" final moments after his life support was switched off, according to devastated family members.

The 12-year-old died at 12.15pm on Saturday, August 6, his mother Hollie Dance confirmed outside the Royal London Hospital.

She had found him unconscious with a ligature around his neck on April 7.

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Hollie thinks he may have been taking part in the TikTok Blackout Challenge, a disturbing online trend that sees young people try different destructive methods to make themselves unconscious.

After his life-sustaining treatment was stopped yesterday after 10am, his eldest brother Tom's fiancee Ella Rose Carter told reporters of the youngster's heartbreaking final moments.

She said: "There is absolutely nothing dignified about watching a family member or a child suffocate.

"We hope no family has to go through what we have been through. It's barbaric."

She continued: "He was taken off all medication at 10 o'clock. His entire stats remained completely stable for two hours until they reduced ventilation.

"And then he went completely blue."

Doctors believed Archie was brain-stem dead and said continued life support was not in his best interests.

Both Hollie and ex-husband Paul Battersbee, had applied to a UN committee which in turn requested that the ending of his treatment be postponed.

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After an intense week of court hearings, campaign group Christian Concern announced on Friday night that Archie's life-sustaining treatment would be withdrawn.

Archie's parents shifted their efforts to have him moved from hospital to a hospice, but a ruling at the High Court on Friday concluded it was not in his best interests to be moved.

After Archie passed, his mother Hollie Dance gave a moving tribute, saying: "In sadness, Archie passed at 12.15pm today. I would just like to say I am the proudest mum in the world.

"He was such a beautiful little boy. He fought right until the very end and I am so proud to be his mum."


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