Archie Battersbee’s cause of death has been confirmed at an inquest hearing.
The 12-year-old died on August 6 when his life machine was turned off after a lengthy legal battle between his parents and Barts Health NHS Trust.
As reported by EssexLive, Coroner’s Officer Paul Donaghy said: “A provisional cause of death was identified as catastrophic hypoxic-ischemic brain injury secondary to strangulation.”
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He also confirmed the events leading up to the youngster’s death, by revealing: “Paramedics attended and they reported a Glasgow Coma Scale of only 3 and confirmed a cardiac arrest. CPR continued and Archie was transported to Southend Hospital.”
Donaghy added: “Archie was thereafter transferred to the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormand Street Hospital who were both in agreement that surgical intervention would not help Archie.
“He was reviewed by the Paediatric Neurology team during his admission.
“Second opinions were also provided by multiple professionals from the Royal London, Queen’s and Great Ormond Street Hospitals who agreed that Archie had suffered severe irreversible brain injury.
“The High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court were involved in applications to determine the direction of care and the best interests of Archie.
“With the authority of final court order, life-sustaining treatment was withdrawn on August 6, 2022, in a side room on the intensive care unit and Archie died surrounded by his family and friends. Death confirmed by a hospital consultant.”
Battersbee’s parents, Paul and Hollie Dance, were involved in a highly publicised battle, as they preferred for him to die in a hospice rather than have his life-support turned off.
Donaghy further said: “I also want to take the opportunity to say that Archie’s death is a tragedy that so many people, especially his family on a personal level. I would like to extend my deepest condolences [to Archie’s family] on behalf of myself and my officers.”
A full inquest is set to take place next year.
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