Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Alfie Evans' parents lose latest legal battle

Alfie Evans' parents lose latest legal battle

Alfie's parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, made their second application to the supreme court after losing a second fight at the court of appeal this week.

Mr Justice Hayden ruled in February that doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents, after hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London and Liverpool.

THE PARENTS of Liverpool toddler Alfie Evans have lost the latest round of their legal battle as they bid to bring their son to Italy for treatment.

Outlining their decision, the Supreme Court justices said the situation was "desperately sad" for all involved but that they had to "face facts". But such an appeal would not delay the court-approved plans to stop Alfie's assisted breathing, the U.K. Supreme Court said, according to a statement from Alder Hey Hospital where he has been kept. Evans is suffering from an unidentified neurodegenerative disease, and is said by doctors to be in a "semi-vegetative state".

Specialists say his brain has been "eroded".

The parents are fighting for the right to move their son to the hospital in Rome where he will have more time as doctors search for a diagnosis.

Having reviewed the application the Supreme Court concluded that "The release to which (Alfie) is entitled, therefore, is release from the imposition of treatment which is not in his best interests". "The hospital must be free to do what has been determined to be in Alfie's best interests", the court said in its final judgement. Court of appeal judges upheld his decisions.

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"We have instructed our lawyers to submit an urgent application to the European Court of Human Rights, and they have done so today".

They have been engaged in a protracted legal fight with Alder Hey Children's Hospital over his care.

They added: "Alfie looks like a normal baby, but the unanimous opinion of the doctors who have examined him and the scans of his brain is that nearly all of his brain has been destroyed". Crowds of supporters also besieged Alder Hey Hospital to demonstrate and protest on Alfie's behalf.

Francis obliged, holding a minute of silent prayer for 23-month-old Alfie Evans during his weekly general audience and insisting that the only one who can give and take life is God.

Mr Justice Hayden dismissed that habeas corpus claim last week.

The court delivered the crushing blow to Tom Evans and Kate James, Alfie's parents, on Friday, according to the Mirror.

'Those of us who have to deal with this case dispassionately as a point of law can feel for their sadness'.

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