Archie Battersbee: Tragic Ending After TikTok Challenge

Deepak Gupta August 6, 2022
Updated 2022/08/06 at 2:19 PM

The world is struggling, as a 12-year-old child died. After all legal means were definitively exhausted, little Archie Battersbee’s life support was even turned off.

Recall that Archie Battersbee was found unconscious at home, with a bandage wrapped around his head, on April 7, after, parents believe, he participated in an online challenge on TikTok that ended in tragedy.

The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday rejected a request from the family of a British boy in a coma to intervene to prevent the interruption of his life-supporting treatment.

Doctors claim that Archie was brain dead and that life support treatment is not in his best interests. Parents Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance unsuccessfully fought for British courts to stop the Royal London Hospital from shutting down the boy's ventilator and stopping other interventions that have kept him alive.

Archie Battersbee: The machines were turned off and the young man died

The machines were shut down and Archie died today. Death was declared at 12:15. Hollie Dance, mother of Archie Battersbee, believes the death was the result of a viral challenge from the social network Tik Tok, known as the "Blackout Challenge", which consists of squeezing the neck until you lose consciousness due to lack of oxygen. It is also popularly known as “choking challenge” or “fainting challenge”.

The challenge has existed since 2008, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). There is a study that reveals that at least 82 young people have died as a result of the “game”.

Archie Battersbee: Tragic Ending After TikTok Challenge Died

The social network TikTok has already been sued by the families of two girls who will have died while participating in this challenge. Parents reported that TikTok's algorithm "intentionally and repeatedly" sent videos of the "Blackout Challenge" to the girls' news feed, prompting them to participate in it.

TikTok was also sued in May by the family of 10-year-old Nylah Anderson. The child died last December after attempting the same challenge. Tawainna Anderson, the child's mother, accused TikTok of neglect, noting that the challenge was "thrown in front" of her daughter through her feed.

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