Judge holds new hearing over sick toddler Alfie Evans


A British judge is set to hear an appeal Tuesday from the parents of a seriously ill toddler who want to take him to Italy for treatment - something the courts have ruled is not in the child's interest.

According to Lifesite, Tom Evans stated his son is doing well and is receiving oxygen and some water.

Doctors at the hospital have said that administering further treatment would be considered futile given his condition.

The court rejected the application as "inadmissible", but wouldn't specify on what grounds.

Media captionTom Evans plans to lodge an appeal as Alfie "is not struggling, he is fighting". Judge Hayden of the High Court ruled that "continued ventilator support is no longer in Alfie's interests".

The judge said: "The sad truth is that it is not the brain stem and the white matter enabling Alfie just about to sustain respiration".

But Hayden rejected the move and claims by his parents that Evans was "significantly better" since doctors first withdrew life support on Monday.

Alder Hey Hospital said it wouldn't be offering a running commentary on Alfie's condition.

Alfie is in a "semi-vegetative state" as a result of a degenerative neurological condition doctors have been unable to identify.

The judge described Alfie as "a fighter, resilient, courageous and a warrior", adding: "In the last 24 hours he has proved himself, once again worthy of those descriptions".

And he asked Alder Hey hospital to "explore creatively, ambitiously, even though it may be a forlorn hope, the options, may it be palliative care".

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The judge was fiercely critical of some of those close to Alfie's parents.

But a doctor treating Alfie, who can not be named for legal reasons, said that for Alfie to be allowed home would require a "sea change" in attitude from the child's family, and they feared that in the "worst case" they would try to take the boy overseas.

"One of the things Tom Evans said, if it can't be Italy or Munich, which it cannot be, was whether they could take Alfie home". An air ambulance waited outside of the hospital to transport Alfie Evans to an Italian hospital to receive treatment, but a group of police were stationed outside of the boy's room to prevent him from leaving.

Speaking this morning, his dad said: "Nine hours he has been breathing now".

According to the BBC, Justice Anthony Hayden ruled in February that Alfie's plight was "profoundly unfair", but agreed with Alder Hey that treatment measures would be futile, and that the almost two-year-old boy rather needs "good quality palliative care".

"The brain can not regenerate itself and there is virtually nothing of his brain left".

He said Alfie's brain had been eroded and that it had been "damaged entirely and so too had the capacity of sight, hearing, taste and sense of touch".

"It's very disappointing", said Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Center, which is representing the Evans family.

In a statement ahead of the match, the Roman Diocesan Office for Leisure Time, Tourism and Sport Francesco Indelicato said: "They will express their support for this family and will be close them in defence of the life and dignity of every human being".

Responding tonight, a tired Tom stated: "I've bought an uncle that might simply do all the pieces that the nurses do all the way down to a tee and he's medically skilled to do that so I'm simply going to maintain on combating for Alfie".

Alfie's parents Tom and Kate want to fly him to the Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome in the hope of prolonging his life.