Centenas de pessoas assistem à vigília por Archie Battersbee

Centenas de pessoas assistem à vigília por Archie Battersbee
Archie, 12, died on August 6 in the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Leste de Londres, after weeks of legal wrangling.

Hundreds of people have paid their respects to 12-year-old Archie Battersbee, who had his life support withdrawn after a lengthy court battle.

A crowd gathered at the bandstand in Priory Park, in Archie’s home town of Southend, Essex, no domingo.

Pessoas held purple balloons with “forever in our hearts” written on them.

Cards with the message “a mother’s love”, and a photo of Archie and his mother, Hollie Dance, were hung from a pine tree.

Hollie Dance attends the vigil in Southend (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Hollie Dance attends the vigil in Southend (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Children played with bubbles as music played from speakers in the background.

One person lit a purple flare, holding it in the air as a mark of respect.

Addressing the gathering, Archie’s mother thanked them for their support.

“Thank you so, so much for supporting us while we were in that awful place," ela disse.

“I hope you all stand by me in trying to change this law, Archie’s army, so that no more of our children and their parents go through this.”

Scores of purple balloons were then released into the air.

If I had to go back and do it again I would fight equally as hard

Hollie Dance

Earlier in the evening, Hollie spoke to the press.

Asked how the last few months have been, ela disse: “It’s been really hard. It was a fight for my little boy’s life.

“If I had to go back and do it again I would fight equally as hard.

“I will continue this fight. I have got no intention of giving up, Archie wouldn’t want me to give up, he would definitely want me to continue.

“Things have got to change.”

Archie died on August 6 in the Royal Londres Hospital in Whitechapel, Leste de Londres, after weeks of legal wrangling.

He had been in a coma since he was found unconscious by his mother at his home in Southend, Essex, em abril 7.

He was being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments.

Doctors treating him for the last four months declared Archie to be “brain-stem dead”, prompting a lengthy legal battle by his family to continue his life support treatment in the hope he would recover.

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