Parents of Alfie Evans lose latest appeal

April FrancisApr 21, 2018

The parents of a seriously ill baby who want to take him to Italy for treatment have lost the latest round of their legal fight after the UK's highest court ruled that nearly all of their son's brain had been destroyed.

Alfie suffers from a rare neurological condition that is destroying his body and doctors at the Children's Hospital say his condition is too far gone and so they want to withdraw his life support which could kill him.

His parents, Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, were told the law said they had no right to remove him if it was deemed not to be in his best interests.

THE PARENTS of Liverpool toddler Alfie Evans have lost the latest round of their legal battle as they bid to bring their son to Italy for treatment.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman said: "Having considered submissions from the parties 'on paper", in the usual way, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has refused permission for the parents to appeal'.

The hospital will begin end of life care for Alfie Evans.

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.

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"It is my honest hope that everything necessary may be done in order to continue compassionately accompanying little Alfie Evans, and that the deep suffering of his parents may be heard", he said on Twitter. He said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless.

The parents' application was on the basis that Alfie was being deprived of his liberty contrary to article 5 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

In a statement issued through Christian Concern, he said: "Like all Alfie's family, I am very disappointed by the new decision of the Supreme Court which justifies Alfie's imprisonment in Alder Hey Hospital, and refuses to let him go to Rome on the invitation of the Pope".

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

Hayden dismissed that claim last week; appeal judges upheld his decision. But the judges said: "A person who is unable to move because of the measures which are being taken in intensive care to keep him alive is not deprived of his liberty within the meaning of article 5".

Alfie's parents filed a petition to the Supreme Court after the UK Court of Appeal ruled this Monday against the parents' argument that their son was being unlawfully detained by the hospital. We are appealing today because we have got to act quickly.

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