Alfie Evans' father: 'We are never going to back down'


The parents of a 23-month-old boy at the centre of a life-support treatment battle have lost their latest legal battle to have their child treated overseas.

The 23-month-old has an undiagnosed degenerative brain condition and has been in care and on ventilation at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool since December 2016.

Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, want to move their son from Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool to a hospital in Rome.

The U.K. High Court, appeals courts, and the European Court of Human Rights have all sided with the decision of hospital staff that continued treatment for Alfie would be futile and that his best interest is to die.

For months, Alfie's parents have been locked in a legal battle with United Kingdom courts to stop the hospital from removing Alfie's life support.

"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".

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, auto horns are not sounded".

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.

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They are now arguing that Alfie is being wrongly "detained" at Alder Hey and have made a habeas corpus application.

'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.

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

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. Diamond indicated that he would make a direct appeal to the Supreme Court by 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

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The court ruled that his life support won't be turned off until the Supreme Court has reached its decision.

Hayden said details of that plan could not be revealed because Alfie was entitled to privacy at the end of his life.

Evans' mention of the hospital not allowing the family to be together was in reference to a letter he shared last week in which Alder Hey accused pro-Alfie protesters of causing "significant disruption" to other patients' families and staff.