Hundreds of people have gathered to remember Archie Battersbee, 12, who died after being taken off life support despite pleas from his parents for it to continue.
Purple balloons reading “Forever in our hearts” were released into the sky on Sunday to honor the “beautiful little boy”.
A purple torch was lit as a mark of respect as crowds gathered in Priory Park in Archie’s hometown of Southend, Essex.
Cards with the message “Motherly Love” and pictures of the schoolboy and his mother, Hollie Dance, hung from a pine tree.
Archie suffered “catastrophic” brain damage after being found unconscious at his home on April 7.
Doctors said he was “brain dead” and should be taken off his ventilator.
But his parents said their boy is “still around and just needs more time”.
After a long struggle, they finally exhausted all legal options to put him on life support and he died on August 6th.
In a speech to mourners, his mother Hollie Dance pledged to continue her fight for a change in the law.
Thanking attendees for their support, she said: “Thank you for supporting us when we were in this horrific place.
“I hope you all stand with me as I try to change this law, Archie’s Army, so our children and their parents don’t have to go through this anymore.”
The grieving mother later said the past few months had been “really tough” for her.
“It was a fight for my little boy’s life,” she said. “If I had to go back and do it all over again, I would fight just as hard.
“I will continue this fight. I have no intention of giving up.
“Archie wouldn’t want me to give up, he would definitely want me to keep going. Things have to change.”
She added that Archie’s previously expressed beliefs should have been considered during their lengthy court battle to save him.
“Archie’s beliefs and Archie’s religion, what Archie would have wanted, just wasn’t considered – it was just swept under the rug,” she said.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/15/archie-battersbee-hundreds-gather-at-vigil-after-schoolboy-12-dies-17182536/ Archie Battersbee: Hundreds gather for vigil after 12-year-old schoolboy dies