Parents of Alfie Evans lose bid to take son to Italy

Parents of Alfie Evans lose bid to take son to Italy

Parents of Alfie Evans lose bid to take son to Italy

His parents, Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, disagreed, leading to a fight between the parents and doctors over the best interests of the child, which has worked its way through the British court system.

Mr Justice Hayden described the 23-month-old at the centre of a life support battle as "courageous" and a "warrior", but said the case had now reached its "final chapter", he told a High Court hearing in Manchester. The world will be able to watch the game and try to get a picture of Alfie on the big screen.

Evans claims hospital staff haven't allowed the boy to eat any food in nearly 24 hours, and he's anxious they'll starve the child. He has been hospitalized since December of 2016.

The case was back in court following an application by the Christian Legal Centre, which is representing the parents, to apply for Alfie to be moved to a hospital in Rome.

The parents of gravely-ill toddler Alfie Evans have lost their attempt to persuade a judge to let them take their son to Italy for treatment.

Alfie has been left in a semi-vegetative state after suffering from a degenerative nerological condition which doctors have been unable to identify.

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Addressing media outside Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool today, Alfie's heartbroken father Tom said: "We were doing what a nurse should have been doing to sustain his life".

Alfie's father Tom Evans said earlier Tuesday that Alfie survived for six hours with no assistance, and that doctors had subsequently resumed providing oxygen and hydration. "No matter what happens he has already proved these doctors wrong".

Instead, the judge said the best Alfie's parents could hope for was to "explore" the options of removing him from intensive care either to a ward, a hospice or his home.

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

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Thomas Evans with the Pope. After the meeting, Pope Francis called for prayers for the toddler and said it is "our duty to do everything to preserve life".

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Alfie's father traveled to Rome to meet with Pope Francis on April 18.

Justice Anthony Hayden of the U.K. High Court ruled against the option to take Evans to the Vatican's Gesu Bambino Pediatric Hospital, even as an Italian air ambulance stood by ready to transport the toddler, according to the Mirror. The flight was reportedly prepared to depart within minutes of a ruling allowing Evans to leave.

He initially instructed doctors to go-ahead and stop the treatment.

"Moved by the prayers and vast solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted", he said on Twitter on Monday. At that point, and as a result of the hospital's court action, the parents were stripped of their right to be decision-makers for their beloved child.

"He's still breathing now", Mr Evans said.

The child's life support has been switched off since 9:17 p.m. local time Monday, in accordance with court approved plans to end his assisted breathing treatment.

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Alder Hey and the parents needed to discuss the next steps for Alfie. "The Italian ambassador has urgently contacted the court with a request for the Italian government to be allowed to intervene in the case and seek the return of their citizen Alfie Evans to Italy".

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