Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Alfie Evans: Parents returning to court in bid to prolong treatment

Alfie Evans: Parents returning to court in bid to prolong treatment

Thomas Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, will find out on Monday if the Appeals Court will overturn the High Court ruling and allow them to take their ill son to a hospital in Italy for treatment, reports The Mirror.

A date was set last week at London's High Court to terminate Alfie's life support but it was not made public for legal reasons.

Alfie was born to parents Tom Evans and Kate James, from Bootle, on 9 May 2016.

They want to move Alfie to a hospital in Rome or Germany.

The judge said he would make a decision on what is best for Alfie if agreement is not reached and indicated any case would start in February.

Tom gave a statement in which he slammed Alder Hey hospital after the court struck down their appeal.

Justice Moylan also said that the baby's independent guardian has agreed with the hospital that withdrawing ventilation is in the baby's "best interests".

The justice also stated that it is "wrong to say that the parents' own views can trump that judicial determination".

However, Alder Hey said in a statement: "Noise from recent protests has unfortunately affected our patients so we would ask that noise levels outside the hospital are kept to a minimum and, for example, vehicle horns are not sounded". Courts have refused to allow the parents to determine what is in Alfie's best interest.

Their attempt to take the case back to the Supreme Court was rejected by three Court of Appeal judges.

In further accusations, Alfie's mother was allegedly asked to leave Alfie's bedside after she questioned hospital visiting rules with supporters, known as Alfie's Army, tweeting on Friday: "Alfie's mummy's been told to leave Alfie's side and removed from the ward for asking the nurse is it acceptable for family members now being told they can not see Alfie".

"The awful reality was that nearly the entirety of Alfie's brain has been eroded, leaving only water and cerebral spinal fluid", Moylan said, reading from Hayden's previous decision, according to The Sun. Moylan argued, however, that both Bambino Gesu staff and staff at Alder Hey agree that no hope remains for curative or preventative treatment for Alfie and that he should receive end of life care.

Bosses at a group which fights for Christians' rights, the Christian Legal Centre, are helping Alfie's parents.

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