Judge Strikes Down Appeal For Alfie Evans' Life

  • Judge Strikes Down Appeal For Alfie Evans' Life

Judge Strikes Down Appeal For Alfie Evans' Life

In February, Mr. Justice Hayden of the High Court ruled that whatever was causing Alfie's condition, the damage to the toddler's brain was so severe that it was in his best interest to be taken off life support.

Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, are due to ask Court of Appeal judges today to allow their son Alfie Evans to continue to receive treatment.

Though doctors at the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù children's hospital in Rome said that they are unable to cure Alfie, they can undertake operations which will help him breathe and eat which would allow him to live for an "undefined period".

Last week, Mr Justice Hayden endorsed a detailed plan put forward by Alder Hey doctors for withdrawing life-support treatment - after considering a number of issues at a follow-up High Court hearing.

The parents of a 23-month-old boy who has been at the centre of a battle for continued life-support treatment are preparing to mount another legal challenge.

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.

Tom gave a statement in which he slammed Alder Hey hospital after the court struck down their appeal. "In our view the arguments advanced on behalf of the parents provide no basis on which Alfie could be said to be detained, or on which he could to be said to be unlawfully detained", Moylan said, according to Liverpool Echo. "It is precisely because of this judicial determination that Aflie has been kept in Alder Hey Hospital", he said. The court expressly determined that it would be lawful, because treatment would be in Alfie's best interests and that no other available course would be.

The toddler is battling an undiagnosed brain disease, according to reports.

They also rejected a request for the case to go to the Supreme Court.

"We fully understand what a sensitive and emotional time this is for everyone involved and I would also therefore like to pass on our appreciation for the way in which Alfie's family were later able to speak to the crowd and offer assurance and calm". Supporters have since demonstrated outside the hospital and bosses have pleaded with those assembled not to disturb staff or patients.