Baby's parents lose court battle over life support

Nellie Chapman
April 17, 2018

Alfie Evans, who is 23-months-old, has been battling chronic seizures since 2016 as a result of an undiagnosed degenerative brain disease.

A lawyer representing Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, on Monday returned to the Court of Appeal to ask judges to rule that Alfie Evans should be allowed to travel to a foreign hospital.

"Our understanding of the law is that they do, that Alfie's not a ward of the state, that means he's not a prisoner of the hospital, and that the parental rights of Kate and Tom have not been extinguished", Kiska said.

Protesters from "Alfie's Army" have lined the roads outside the specialist children's hospital in support of the latest court case.

"We're never going to give up on you, Alfie".

Mr Evans and Ms James have apologised to families and staff at the hospital following reports of intimidation by protesters.

Lord Justice Moylan said that it was wrong for Alfie's parents to say that their own views trumped the best interests of the child. They want to move Alfie to a hospital in Rome.

Their attempt to take the case back to the Supreme Court was rejected by three Court of Appeal judges.

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

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After the High Court judge upheld his original December 2017 ruling that backed Alder Hey doctors in their decision to switch off the toddler's life support, on Thursday night, supporters gathered at the hospital to protest.

The letter, from the Liverpool hospital's chief nurse, said the only Alfie's parents and two named visitors were now allowed to visit the Peadiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICO) at one time.

Barrister for the parents, Paul Diamond, said the couple might make a further appeal to the Supreme Court.

Alfie's parents today thanked "thousands" for their "historic show of support" outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital Trust in Liverpool and called on them to return.

Roger Kiska, legal counsel at Christian Legal Centre, told CBN News last week the parents have the legal right to remove Alfie from Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

The force also urged people to consider other hospital users at Alder Hey, adding the emotional scenes outside the children's hospital caused "significant traffic disruption and inconvenience" to others.

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

Protestors converging outside the West Derby hospital have been urged to be mindful of other patients amid concerns about their behaviour.

"The awful reality was that nearly the entirety of Alfie's brain has been eroded, leaving only water and cerebral spinal fluid", Moylan said, reading from Hayden's previous decision, according to The Sun.

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