Archie’s family does not want the doctors to take him off the ventilator and again went to the highest court in the country. The parents hoped the chief justices would overturn a lower court ruling. The parents wanted to get a special commission to look into the matter, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
A lower court had ruled Monday that the treatment of the child may be stopped. The court considered the high-profile case at the last minute after a request from the UN committee to continue hearing Archie. However, the court ruled that the life support treatment could be terminated on Tuesday afternoon. The parents then went to the Supreme Court.
Archie Battersbee has been in a coma since April. According to the hospital, his prospects are “nil.” He was seriously injured when, according to his mother, he supposedly participated in an online challenge, in which participants deliberately try to become unconscious. According to the parents, Archie is making good progress.
Archie’s mother condemned the Supreme Court decision. His mother told Sky News she “can’t take him home, can’t do anything,” adding: “It doesn’t feel right, Archie is my kid. It is not up to others to decide where to take his last breath and whether he lives or dies. It’s wrong.”