Alfie Evans: parents' legal battle to keep son on life support

LIVERPOOL ENGLAND- APRIL 13 Tom Evans the father of terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans holds up a court order as he speaks to the media outside Alder Hey Hospital where Alfie is being cared for

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Judges have heard that Alfie, born on May 9 2016, is in a "semi-vegetative state" and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors had not definitively diagnosed.

Court of appeal judges ruled yesterday that Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, could not take their son Alfie Evans overseas to receive treatment for a rare degenerative brain disease.

"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.

Mr Evans and Ms James have previously taken the Bootle toddler's case to the High Court, Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

The parents of Alfie Evans have lost their latest legal battle.
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"What we can't have is a sort of legal "groundhog day" where you come back again and again on the same basis".

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It comes as about 50 friends were filmed standing outside Alder Hey hospital this evening in protest at a judges ruling in favour of switching off the child's life support.

The hospital said that it would not help Alfie to subject him to further tests.

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

In addition, Moylan said it is "wrong to say that the parents' own views can trump that judicial determination", according to LifeSiteNews.

He then alleged the hospital called the police to prevent him removing his son, with officers allegedly telling him he would be "arrested for assault" if he attempted to remove Alfie.

Those hearings led to Mr Justice Hayden setting a time and date for life support to be switched off at a High Court Hearing earlier this week.

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Victoria Georgina tweeted: "Alder Hey are an incredible hospital and as much as i feel for Alfie's parents #imwithalderhey this has turned into something it shouldn't have and the disregard shown to other children, families and the staff who work so hard for our children everyday, is shocking".

Alfie's parents say their son has improved in recent weeks and had asked Mr Justice Hayden to allow a new assessment.

The court stayed the removal of Alfie's life support, pending the decision of the Supreme Court.

Evans' mention of the hospital not allowing the family to be together was in reference to a letter he shared last week in which Alder Hey accused pro-Alfie protesters of causing "significant disruption" to other patients' families and staff.

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

"The bad 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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