Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Sci-tech | By Bennie Mills

Alfie Evans' parents lose latest legal battle at UK's highest court

Alfie Evans' parents lose latest legal battle at UK's highest court

His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, have fought a legal battle to stop the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, northwest England, from turning off his ventilator - which would quickly end his life. The ruling means that a previous court's decision that Alfie be removed from his ventilator on Monday, April 23 remains in effect.

Giving reasons for the decision, the justices said it was a "desperately sad case".

They said a person unable to move because of measures taken in a hospital intensive care unit to keep them alive was not being "deprived of liberty".

They added: "It means that Alfie can not breathe, or eat, or drink without sophisticated medical treatment".

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On Monday Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano urged his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, to allow Alfie, who is suffering from an undiagnosed degenerative disease to be transferred to medical facilities in Rome.

Responding to the Supreme Court's judgment Alder Hey hospital released a statement that said: 'Alfie's parents have done everything in their power to do what they think is best for him even though that is contrary to the views of the doctors.

He added: "This is not justice".

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

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"We will not give up".

But on Friday three supreme court justices dismissed the pair's application, agreeing with Alfie's doctors by saying "there is no hope of him getting better". Earlier court rulings blocked further medical treatment and ordered the boy's life support to be withdrawn. Alfie's cognitive abilities were actually improving after months of treatment, Alfie's parents and their legal representation argued.

"Not Alder Hey, not the doctors here not any parents either".

Alfie's father, Thomas Evans, met with Francis before the pope's general audience and asked him to make a public appeal about the value of life. "We would want baby Alfie to have the proper, appropriate care for his condition, ' he said". Legal representation for Tom and Kate, which the Christian Legal Centre provided, affirmed they plan to appeal once more to the European Court of Human Rights to issue a stay on the order to remove Alfie from life-support.

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