Court declines appeal from parents of ill toddler

Court declines appeal from parents of ill toddler

Court declines appeal from parents of ill toddler

The Alfie Evans, 23-months, has been battling chronic seizures since 2016 as a result of an undiagnosed degenerative brain disease.

Alfie's family is in a legal battle with Alder Hey, a children's hospital that says it is best to withdraw ventilation as his condition can not be treated and has destroyed much of his brain. Alfie's parents were trying to overturn earlier rulings that have blocked further medical treatment.

Mr Evans and Ms James' lawyers, the Christian Legal Centre, said they will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, despite the court ruling.

They said a person unable to move because of measures taken in a hospital intensive care unit to keep them alive was not being "deprived of liberty". United Kingdom courts so far have sided with the hospital.

There was no reason for further delay, the justices said, adding: "The hospital must be free to do what has been determined to be in Alfie's best interests". "That is the law in this country".

Alfie's parents have been fighting to have their son released to hospitals in either Italy or Germany, who have agreed to provide a second opinion and continue treatment.

Tom Evans, the father of severely ill toddler Alfie Evans, is still hoping to have his son transferred to the Bambino Gesú hospital in Rome, following his meeting with Pope Francis this week.

Alfie's parents had also argued that Alfie was being wrongly "detained" at Alder Hey and had made a habeas corpus application. The protests at the hospital lasted for five days, until Tom and Kate asked supporters to disperse.

But Mr Justice Hayden said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless. The condition has eaten away at his brain matter.

Speaking during his general audience, the Pope called for prayers for Alfie and for the respect of all human lives. Were the Bambino Gesu staff to treat Alfie, they would have given him a tracheotomy and fed him through his stomach in order to make him more comfortable.

Judges have also approved a plan for withdrawing treatment and bringing Alfie's life to an end.

Judges said no detail of the plan could be made public because Alfie was entitled to privacy as his life came to a close.

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