UK Supreme Court denies Alfie Evans' appeal, ventilator to be removed Monday

Saul Bowman
April 21, 2018

Evans and Alfie's mom, Kate James, are desperately fighting the Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool who would like to remove Alfie from life support.

Tom Evans and Kate James, from Liverpool, had made another application to judges after losing a second fight over their 23-month-old son at the Court of Appeal.

Alfie's parents had also argued that their son was being wrongly "detained" at Alder Hey and had made a habeas corpus application, which requires a court to examine the legality of a detention.

"I've got a letter handed to me on behalf of the Pope and the hospital president showing how much they want to take Alfie on", he added.

'But it is also sad for the people who have been keeping Alfie alive for so long, the doctors and nurses who are treating him in Alder Hey Hospital.

They lost a first round of cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

Andrea Williams, the chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, which is representing Alfie's family, said: "We are going to appeal to the European court of human rights in the hope that we can stay the end of life order our courts have made".

They continued: "It has been conclusively determined that it is not in Alfie's best interests, not only to stay in Alder Hey hospital being treated as he now is, but also to travel overseas for the same goal". Alfie is not dying, so we do not want to take him out the way the hospital wish us to. We affirm our conviction that all those who are and have been taking the agonising decisions regarding the care of Alfie Evans act with integrity and for Alfie's good as they see it.

Judges in the case said the hospital must be "free to do what has been determined to be in Alfie's best interests" and there was "no reason for further delay".

Tom Evans posted on the Alfie Army Facebook page to describe his time in Rome - where he met the Pope and the president of the Bambino Gesú hospital.

Alfie's father had a private meeting with Pope Francis Wednesday.

"It's our duty to do everything to care for life", Francis told the crowd of thousands in St. Peter's Square.

Alfie is suffering from a rare, undiagnosed neurological condition and has been in hospital since December 2016. "We will continue to fight, by all means available to us within the law, to save our son's life".

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