Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Alfie Evans' family dealt fresh court blow

Alfie Evans' family dealt fresh court blow

The Court of Appeal in the United Kingdom ruled against the parents of a 23-month-old boy on life support.

Alfie, from Bootle, Merseyside, has been at Alder Hey since December 2016 with an undiagnosed degenerative brain disease.

Court of Appeal judges have rejected an bid by the parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans to overturn a decision over who has control of his life support.

The toddler's family have said they are accompanied by their own doctors, have removed duty of care from the hospital and placed it with their air ambulance, and have a jet ready to take the child to Italy.

The couple, from Liverpool, have already lost fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Academy of Life, a Vatican bioethics think tank, said earlier today that Alfie's parents and hospital officials should work together so his life isn't 'reduced to a legal dispute'.

The couple's attorney, Paul Diamond, standing counsel to the Christian Legal Centre, argued that not allowing Alfie to be transferred to another hospital went against Alfie's liberty, according to LifeSiteNews.

It comes as about 50 friends were filmed standing outside Alder Hey hospital this evening in protest at a judges ruling in favour of switching off the child's life support. Tom also claimed he had video evidence of hospital staff falling asleep during times in which they were supposed to be caring for Alfie.

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Lord Justice Moylan said that when there's a disagreement between the parents' wishes and the best interests of the child, the latter must prevail, LifeSiteNews reported.

'Alfie's clinical condition is truly heart-rending, but at each stage of the legal process, which has to be followed in such cases, the courts have agreed with the treating team and the independent expert advisers instructed by the trust and the family that Alfie's condition is irreversible and untreatable, ' the hospital said in a statement.

And as the emotional court battle rages on, representatives from Alder Hey pleaded with "Alfie's Army" to respect the needs of other patients receiving treatment.

The parents do, however, have the right to directly ask the Supreme Court for permission to appeal.

That hearing came after Alfie's parents failed to reach an agreement with Alder Hey bosses about their son's end of life plan.

He then alleged the hospital called the police to prevent him removing his son, with officers allegedly telling him he would be "arrested for assault" if he attempted to remove Alfie.

Last week, Alfie's parents said their son had improved in recent weeks and they had asked Hayden to allow a new assessment, but he refused. The hospital said noise from protesters outside the building on Sunday night had disturbed other young patients.

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