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Heartbroken parents believe TikTok viral challenge to blame for their 12-year-old son's death

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Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance are devastated by the death of their beloved son Archie (INSET). (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Alamy)
Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance are devastated by the death of their beloved son Archie (INSET). (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Alamy)

Archie Battersbee loved to be active, taking part in mixed martial arts and gymnastics. But like most kids his age, the 12-year-old also spent many hours on TikTok, engaging with the billions of videos on the hit social-media app.

But that app could have been the reason Archie ended up comatose and at the centre of a heartrending legal battle to keep him alive, his mom, Hollie Dance, believes.

Hollie and Paul Battersbee of Essex in the UK lost the fight to keep their child on life-support machines and had to say goodbye when those machines were recently turned off.

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