Tragic Archie Battersbee died of brain injury after strangulation, coroner says

Archie Battersbee, 12, died of a brain injury following a period of strangulation, a coroner told an inquest today.

The tragic pre-teen was found unconscious by his mother Holly Dance at home in Southend, Essex on April 7 and his family believed he had been taking part in a scary TikTok 'blackout challenge'.

After a lengthy legal battle, Archie's parents lost their appeal to keep Archie on life support and the child was transferred to a hospice where he died on Saturday (August 6).

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Doctors believed Archie was brain-stem dead and said continued life support was not in his best interests.

Speaking today (August 12) at the inquest coroner's officer Paul Donaghy detailed how Archie had been found on that fateful day.

He said: "Paramedics attended and they reported a Glasgow Coma Scale of only 3 and confirmed a cardiac arrest. CPR continued and Archie was transported to Southend Hospital.

"Archie was thereafter transferred to the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormand Street Hospital who were both in agreement that surgical intervention would not help Archie. He was reviewed by the Paediatric Neurology team during his admission.

"Second opinions were also provided by multiple professionals from the Royal London, Queen's and Great Ormond Street Hospitals who agreed that Archie had suffered severe irreversible brain injury. The High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court were involved in applications to determine the direction of care and the best interests of Archie.

"With the authority of final court order, life-sustaining treatment was withdrawn on August 6, 2022, in a side room on the intensive care unit and Archie died surrounded by his family and friends. Death confirmed by a hospital consultant.'"

A provisional cause of death has been identified as catastrophic hypoxic-ischemic brain injury secondary to strangulation.

A full inquest into Archie's death will take place on February 7 next year.


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