Alfie Evans parents can not take sick toddler to Italy

Pauline Gross
April 25, 2018

The parents of Alfie Evans headed back to court Tuesday for an emergency hearing regarding their right to take him overseas for care after doctors at their hospital in the United Kingdom said his case was worsening and there was no hope for Alfie.

The head of the Vatican's Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital said that the Italian defense ministry has a plane ready to transport Alfie to Italy if the courts allow it.

He handed the court a witness statement from Mr Evans in which he suggested his son's health was "significantly better" than first thought since life support was withdrawn at 9.17pm last night, as he was continuing to live and breathe. He went on to say the hospital has already been proven wrong about Alfie's ability to survive.

Supporters of Evans meanwhile urged Liverpool fans to "chant for Alfie" during the 23rd minute of the Champion League match against Roma on Tuesday evening, since he is 23 months old.

Many U.K. doctors and the Medical Ethics Alliance penned a letter condemning the "treatment and care offered to Alfie Evans" and the "stripp [ing] of [the parents'] right to be decision makers for their beloved child", saying, "Actions such as these have now brought the Alder Hey Hospital to worldwide attention and by extension bring our whole profession into disrepute".

Speaking of what may happen at this hearing, Roger Kiska said: "My gut is telling me that Alder Hey will continue arguing that it's in Alfie's best interests to have life-sustaining measures terminated".

Mr Justice Hayden is scheduled to oversee another hearing in Alfie Evans' case, in the Family Division of the High Court in Manchester, in the next few hours.

Kiska later said Alfie's parents' latest legal attempt followed their son's "miraculous survival" overnight.

Protesters have flocked to the hospital where he is being treated, demanding that treatment be continued.

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And Italy's Healthcare Chief has slammed the decisions by United Kingdom courts to treat Alfie the way that they have.

Alfie Evans, who is 22 months old, has a rare degenerative neurological condition which has not been definitively diagnosed. Doctors at Alder Hey have said life-support treatment should stop because further treatment was futile. The Supreme Court has upheld that ruling by refusing to revisit the details of the case.

His case was taken back to the High Court today. They agreed that life support should be withdrawn but Charlie's parents appealed against the decision.

But a doctor treating Alfie, who can not be named for legal reasons and appeared in court in medical scrubs, said that would require a "sea change" in the attitude of Alfie's family.

A spokesperson for the Christian Legal Centre, which is helping the family during the legal battle, told the Metro: "Alfie has survived much longer than the doctors predicted, lending support to the request from Alfie's parents for Alfie to be seen by medical experts in Italy".

Hayden did, however, ask if Alder Hey would consider allowing Evans to be transported home with his family.

The child, who had been born healthy by all indications, had been taken to the doctor prior to his admittance as he began exhibiting abnormal jerking movements.

Alfie's mother Kate James posted an update early Monday morning writing, "Alfie has been allowed oxygen and water!"

Other reports by GizPress

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