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Archie Battersbee: Family granted appeal against ruling that boy is dead

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Hollie Dance

J-P Mauro - published on 06/23/22

Bioethicists weight in after the appeal was granted on the grounds that the court did not prove Archie's death "beyond reasonable doubt."

The case of Archie Battersbee, a 12-year-old boy who suffered catastrophic brain damage during an internet challenge, has been approved for appeal. Last week, a judge ruled that Archie was dead, but his lawyers and some bioethicists have argued that more proof is needed.


On April 7, Archie was found hanging from the stairs with a ligature wrapped around his neck. It has been determined that Archie was taking part in an internet challenge called “Blackout.”According to Catholic Leader, the challenge gets people to choke themselves to the point of passing out. Archie was taken to Royal London hospital where he was diagnosed as “brain stem dead” and has since remained unconscious. 

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