The family of Archie Battersbee, who suffered catastrophic brain damage after an internet challenge gone wrong, converted to Catholicism when their comatose son was baptized on Easter Sunday.
A UK boy who suffered brain damage after an internet challenge went wrong is the center of a legal dispute involving whether he has the right to life.
Now, his mother, who recently converted to Catholicism along with other members of the family, is seeking assistance from medical professionals abroad after courts ruled that the boy’s life support should be removed.
Archie Battersbee, 12, was discovered hanging from the top of the stairs with a ligature around his neck on April 7. According to New Daily Compass, his mother, Hollie Dance, described the incident as “an accident” or “an online challenge gone wrong.” Dance rushed her son to Royal London Hospital, where he was diagnosed with catastrophic brain damage.
Archie, who was a promising gymnast with a passion for MMA, has not regained consciousness since. His family, however, has noted marked improvements in his condition, including opening his eyes and squeezing his mother’s fingers until they turn bright red. While doctors have suggested these are nervous responses, his family believes that with more time, he could recover.