Alfie Evans' family dealt fresh court blow

Alfie Evans' family dealt fresh court blow

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

Baby Alfie Evans' father Tom delivered a defiant message to Alder Hey Children's Hospital after a United Kingdom judge rejected the parents' latest bid to save their son's life.

"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.

Alfie Evans, from Liverpool, is on a life support machine and requires round-the-clock treatment at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in the city.

The couple's attorney, Paul Diamond, standing counsel to the Christian Legal Centre, argued that not allowing Alfie to be transferred to another hospital went against Alfie's liberty, according to LifeSiteNews.

Some hospital visitors described the protest as "a circus" and said there was a bouncy castle, people drinking alcohol, and "children running everywhere" as 100 supporters gathered outside on Sunday night.

"Their views and rights do not take precedence and do not give them the choice to make the decisions regarding Alfie", he stated, the news outlet reported.

Mr Justice Hayden said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless.

During the hearing, a lawyer representing Alfie's parents said they wanted the Supreme Court to consider arguments raised.

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Supreme Court justices and European Court of Human Rights judges refused to intervene.

Yesterday afternoon, appeal judges Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan upheld a ruling by high court judge Justice Hayden, who endorsed a detailed plan put forward by Alder Hey doctors for withdrawing life-support treatment.

Last week, Alfie's parents said their son had improved in recent weeks and they had asked Hayden to allow a new assessment, but he refused.

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.

The child's parents also suggested that Alfie was being unlawfully detained at Alder Hey, but the judge dismissed that suggestion.

Last week, a judge decided it was in the best interests of Alfie for his life support to be switched off.

Police said the "large" and "peaceful" protest in Liverpool on Thursday night "did cause significant traffic disruption and inconvenience for other people trying to access the hospital".

"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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