(ANSA) – LONDON, AUGUST 03 – New postponement in sight for the start of the procedure for the end of life support for Archie Battersbee, the 12-year-old Englishman considered with “high probability” in a permanent vegetative state by British doctors and judges, but still at the center of a dramatic legal tug-of-war with his parents: clinging to the hope of an awakening against the expectations of the white coats.
In fact, the family decided to try at the last minute even the paper of an appeal to the European Court for Human Rights, which it had so far renounced given the repeated refusals of the Strasbourg institution to intervene in similar disputes in the past. Appeal for which she had been granted time until 9 this morning and which was in the meantime filed, as announced to the media by mother Hollie, father Paul and their lawyer. “We hope and pray that the European Court will look favorably on our arguments this time, we do not intend to give up to the end”, said Hollie Dance in spite of the marked face and in contrast to the apparent resignation to the inevitable shown last night. after the latest refusal of a suspension by the British Supreme Court.
The decision to pull the plug – confirmed by the judges of the Kingdom as in numerous similar precedents – had been postponed yesterday starting from 11 local time today (12 in Italy). But now he appears again on standby, waiting for news from Strasbourg, from the team of the Royal London Hospital: where Archie has been hospitalized since April, after being found unconscious at home on April 7 following a domestic accident. in Southend, Essex. (HANDLE).
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