The cause of Archie Battersbee’s brain damage is not clear yet.

It is however believed that Archie suffered from the damage after he took part in the social media challenge. His mother found him unconscious in their home on April 7, 2022.

Although it’s not known for certain if Archie was attempting the challenge, his mother believes this to be the case, after she found him with a ligature around his head.

Archie’s doctor, Nick Flynn explained to the Irish Examiner the effects of the blackout challenge. He said: “What is going on in the brain is a lack of oxygen similar to when someone is drowning, choking, or having a cardiac arrest. If you have low oxygen to the brain for over three minutes you can get brain damage and if you have low oxygen to the brain for over five minutes it can result in death.”

Archie took part in the blackout challenge  (choking challenge) on telegram. The challenge is reported to have already caused the death of two girls.

Since the incident, Archie has been in a coma as a result of his injury ever since. His parents are fighting a legal battle to keep Archie on life support, in which a specialist told the judge that Archie’s brain stem was significantly damaged and that there are signs of deterioration since the earlier scans taken in mid-April. He added that Archie’s prognosis was ‘very grave’ and his chances of recovery were very low.

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