This Morning viewers were left "broken” as Archie Battersbee’s mother, Holly, appeared on the show to make a desperate appeal for her son's life.
Eight weeks ago, Archie, 12, was found unconscious after he allegedly tried a dangerous social medial challenge.
Since the horrific accident, doctors have declared that Archie is likely brain dead and is in an induced coma.
It was the police who flagged to Archie’s mum that he might have copied a TikTok trend that involved the exact same process, and has reportedly resulted in numerous other deaths.
At present, Archie is still in hospital and his parents are awaiting the verdict of their ninth court appearance to fight for his life support to stay on.
Archie’s mother, Holly, recalled the terrifying incident on This Morning, which left Phillip Schofield labelling it “every parent’s worst nightmare.”
Holly Willoughby had tears in her eyes as she heard the heart-wrenching story, as Phillip added that the medical decision to turn off life support “seems horribly brutal.”
Archie’s mum admitted all she really wants is time with her son as she doesn’t know how much she’ll have left.
She added: “I feel him holding my hand, he opened his eyes, for quite a few days he’s been doing this … one day it went on for an hour as soon as a nurse said ‘great night, really good night.”
Even hearing her voice, has brought out a reaction in Archie, she claimed, adding: “And then she’s looking at the machine again and I don’t believe it his heartbeat has gone up and his blood pressure… so I tell him what I’ve been doing this morning and that I love him.”
The mother of one said she would keep fighting for “the rest of her life” as she can’t make the decision and “think what if.”
This Morning Holly reassured her: “There isn’t a parent on this planet who wouldn’t be doing what you are doing right now.”
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ITV viewers were left “broken” by Archie’s story, as one wrote on Twitter: “As a parent you would explore all avenues you could. It’s just awful they’re having to split precious time with Archie to fight this.”
A second simply wrote “oh god my heart” as a third echoed: “Someone put the Ribena advert on, I’m a huge snotty mess after listening to that.”Others shared messages of support and their own stories of friends and family with brain injuries, to encourage Holly to keep fighting for her son.
“Oh my goodness this story has broken me,” one penned. “Keep fighting for little Arch. I lost my brother to a brain injury and if he’s showing signs like he is, there is hope. I will keep you all in my thoughts. He’s young, he just needs time.”
Another added: “Archie’s story is so tragic. He’s such a gorgeous boy. These stupid online challenges are so dangerous. I know of somebody who had a brain injury and was unresponsive for two years. They need to keep fighting for him.”
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