Alfie Evans' Parents Lose Last-Ditch Court Appeal In Fight For Treatment

27 April, 2018, 12:08 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Protesters storm hospital of terminally-ill Alfie Evans as parents fight to keep his life support on

Tom Evans said doctors were "gobsmacked" his 23-month-old son was still breathing nine hours after his life support ended.

A judge has appeared to rule out allowing Alfie Evans to be taken by his parents to Italy for treatment.

Tom Evans said it was obvious that the youngster was breathing unassisted "within a few minutes" of life-support being withdrawn on Monday night.

Alfie's father Tom confirmed in a Facebook live video that his son Alfie has been removed from the ventilator and that he has been "sustaining his own life since 9:17".

'[Alfie] is now on oxygen. "It's not changing his breathing but it's oxygenating his body", he added.

'But we do need him to be supported ... in the next hour it's going to be hard but we will need him to be supported in the next hour or two.

The Italian government announced later on Monday that Alfie had been granted Italian citizenship in the hopes that it would allow him to be moved to the Vatican's Bambino Gesu Pediatric hospital for further treatment.

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Moved by the prayers and enormous solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted.

Paul Diamond, who will represent the parents this afternoon, will argue that it can not be in Alfie's best interests to be left to die in Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Debate surrounding the case flared up when in February the court ruled that Alder Hey Children's Hospital could legally stop treatment for Alfie against his parent's wishes.

Alfie at the hospital in Liverpool.

The Italian foreign ministry, in a brief note April 23, said Angelino Alfano, the foreign minister, and Marco Minniti, the interior minister, "granted Italian citizenship to little Alfie".

Italy granted the toddler citizenship on Monday in a bid to facilitate his transfer to Rome.

Doctors were unable to definitively diagnose the child's condition, but they believe he suffers from a rare degenerative neurological disorder which is ultimately fatal, causing him to suffer from seizures.

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"We welcome the intervention of the Italian government and are grateful that they stand ready to take Alfie to Italy".

Following a series of emergency hearings with Paul Diamond, standing counsel to the Christian Legal Centre, regarding the Italian intervention, Mr Justice Hayden refused to discharge his previous order, saying that Alfie was a United Kingdom citizen "habitually resident" in the UK.

But she said any granting of Italian citizenship seemed created to "frustrate" orders made in a British court.

The couple have already lost fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and ECHR.

A candle-lit vigil was held by supporters of Alfie outside the hospital overnight, where earlier in the day protesters had tried to storm the entrance. The demonstration then retreated and began to chant "Save Alfie Evans". Three specialists from Bambino Gesu had flown to Liverpool and examined Alfie.

'I feel totally impotent.

"I'm not suggesting this, I don't want it to be taken as an indication from me". The case has since drawn global attention.

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A United Kingdom hospital is holding an Italian citizen hostage and intends to deprive him of life-giving treatment against the wishes of his parents.

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