January 27, 2023

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A British tribunal refused to extend vital support to a minor with cerebral death

Hollie Dance (CL) and Paul Battersbee (CR), la madre y el padre de Archie Battersbee, hablan con los medios (Carl Court/Getty Images)

La Corte de Apelaciones del United Kingdom rechazó este lunes posponer más allá del martes la Retirada del apoyo vital al niño de 12 años Archie Battersbeeque según los médicos se encuentra en muerte cerebral.

The British Government has asked the tribunal to assess the petition of the UN Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CDPD) mantener los mechanisms de respiration y alimentación asistida mientras evalúa su caso.

La decisión de la corte argues that the carta de derechos en la que se sustenta ese comité “no es parte de la ley del Reino Unido” y considera que no sería “apropiado” incorporarla a las decisiones britanicas judiciales.

El 15 de julio, la Justicia ya concluyó que continuar offero apoyo vital al niño es “contrario a sus mejores intereses”.

The British Government has asked the tribunal to assess the request of the UN Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CDPD) to maintain breathing mechanisms and assisted feeding while evaluating their case (Carl Court/Getty Images)
The British Government has asked the tribunal to assess the request of the UN Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CDPD) to maintain breathing mechanisms and assisted feeding while evaluating their case (Carl Court/Getty Images)

According to The Guardian, Edward Devereux QC, representing the fathers of Archie, argued that the tribunal “had no discretion” to ignore the CDPD, because doing so “would be a flagrant and unacceptable violation of international law”. Sin embargo, Fiona Paterson, de los fideicomisos del NHS de Bart, dijo que no sería una violation del derecho internacional because the relevant treaty was not incorporated into the national law through legislation.

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Los jueces expressed their concern for the time that the CPRD could take to consider the case, and one observed that it generally meets only twice a year. Devereux solicited the tribunal to grant a suspension to allow the CPRD to consider Archie’s case or, given the uncertainty about how much time it would take, to grant a one-week suspension to seek information from the committee on the probable time frame for its decision.

La madre del menor, Hollie Dance, I found him unconscious last 7th of April with a rope tied around his head y cree que pudo haber sufrido un accidente cuando participaba en un reto viral through social networks.

Archie’s mother said that doctors and judges should not have the last word on Archie’s treatment.

According to British law, it is common for the courts to intervene when parents and doctors do not agree with the treatment of a child (Carl Court/Getty Images)
According to British law, it is common for the courts to intervene when parents and doctors do not agree with the treatment of a child (Carl Court/Getty Images)

“Archie is my son”, le dijo a la BBC. “No debiere ser decision de nadie más que nuestra”.

The case is the last one in the United Kingdom that has faced the judgment of doctors against the wishes of families. In various cases, including this one, the families have been supported by a group of religious pressure, Christian Concern.

According to British law, it is common for the courts to intervene when parents and doctors do not agree with the treatment of a child. En tales casos, los derechos del niño preman sobre el derecho de los fathers a decidir que es lo mejor para su descendencia.

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Alistair Chesser, medical director of Barts Health NHS Trust, which administers the hospital, said that “the plan to withdraw the treatment will continue unless the tribunal indicates otherwise”.

“Our deepest condolences are with Archie’s family in this difficult time”he said.

(with information from EFE and AP)

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