Parents of terminally ill British toddler lose court bid


Parents of terminally ill British toddler lose court bid

A hospital clinician reportedly told the court they had a "genuine fear" that angry protesters in support of Evans would make transporting him home now impossible. He described Pavel Stroilov, a Christian Legal Centre lawyer who has advised the family, as a "deluded and fanatical young man" who risked imprisonment for contempt of court with some of his legal advice.

Alfie has a degenerative neurological condition and has been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year.

Alder Hey and the parents needed to discuss the next steps for Alfie.

The family's hopes of Alfie being treated in Rome were raised last week when Evans, 21, met the Pope, who expressed support for the couple.

Why are the parents challenging the doctors?

Calling themselves "Alfie's Army", the protesters say that the British doctors' desire to remove Alfie from life support violates the sanctity of life, as well as his parents' wishes to continue seeking treatment to keep him alive. A strategy unusual and used to attend to Hospital Bambino Gesù, as desired by Pope and parents of child. Father Tom even flew to Rome to be granted an audience with the Pontiff.

Alfie was admitted into Alder Hey Children's Hospital on December 14, 2016, and was diagnosed with seven illnesses including pneumonia, bronchitis, and RSV. The hospital argue their scans show "catastrophic degradation of [Alfie's] brain tissue" and that further treatment was not only "futile" but "unkind and inhumane".

"Moved by the prayers and vast solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted", he said on Twitter Monday.

And Italy's Healthcare Chief has slammed the decisions by United Kingdom courts to treat Alfie the way that they have.

A spokeswoman for the Christian Legal Centre, which is assisting Tom Evans and Kate James, said they meant to ask the judge to consider allowing medical experts in Italy to examine Alfie.

Mr Justice Hayden endorsed and end-of-life care plan for Alfie on the 11th April but again his parents tried to appeal claiming their son was being "unlawfully detained".

It was "the final chapter in the case of this extraordinary little boy", Hayden said, according to Josh Halliday with The Guardian.

If a parent's decisions risk significant harm to their children then the law intervenes.

But his parents have fought a long battle to ask the courts to allow them to take him overseas. The classic example being doctors' ability to overrule parents who are Jehovah's Witness who refuse their child's blood transfusion because of their faith.

A spokesperson for Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust said; "We do understand that this is a very distressing time for Alfie's parents and realise that there is a great deal of public interest in this matter".

Are there any other similar cases in the UK?

Judge Hayden of the High Court ruled that "continued ventilator support is no longer in Alfie's interests". Has anyone got contacts at Anfield to be able to sort something?

"I don't need to be reminded we have a human being".

GOSH doctors applied to the High Court for judges to decide on Charlie's fate.

In March, London's Court of Appeal upheld a lower court's decision to end life support for Evans.

The case drew interventions from the pope and President Donald Trump, and became a flashpoint for debates on the rights of children and parents, the responsibilities of hospitals and the role of the state.



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