Archie Battersbee's mum tells GB News of the heartbreaking moment she found her son after accident

Hollie Dance has argued her son needs more time to recover and has pleaded for any hospital around the world to take him


The mother of Archie Battersbee has described the heartbreaking moment she found her son, as they wait for the High Court's decision on whether doctors can turn of his life-support.

Doctors treating Archie Battersbee at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, think the youngster is “brain-stem dead”.

They say life-support treatment should end and the youngster should be disconnected from a ventilator.

Archie’s parents, Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, from Southend, Essex, say the youngster’s heart is still beating and want treatment to continue.

Undated family handout file photo of Archie Battersbee
Undated family handout file photo of Archie Battersbee

Appearing on GB News, Ms Dance told of the heartbreaking moments after she found her son.

She told us: "His lips were drained of colour, part of me thought he was joking.

"I ran out of the house screaming for help, there was nobody there.

"The door was open I was screaming for help, my neighbour walked round the corner and I started performing CPR on Archie.

"The sound of breathe came out of his mouth."

Undated family handout file photo of Archie Battersbee
Undated family handout file photo of Archie Battersbee

Lawyers representing the Royal London Hospital’s governing trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, have asked Mrs Justice Arbuthnot to decide what moves are in Archie’s best interests.

Mrs Justice Arbuthnot on Wednesday finished overseeing a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

She said she aimed to deliver ruling on Monday.

The judge heard that Archie suffered brain damage in an incident at home in early April.

Ms Dance told how she found him unconscious with a ligature over his head on April 7 and thinks he might have been taking part in an online challenge.

The youngster has not regained consciousness.

Lawyers representing Archie’s family have told the judge that his heart is still beating.

They also say there was an issue as to whether “the correct procedure” had been followed, and whether the “family’s views” had been taken into account.

A campaign organisation called the Christian Legal Centre is supporting Archie’s family