If you haven’t heard of Alfie Evans, here is a little catch up.
This terminally ill toddler is in a coma with an unknown degenerative brain condition from which doctors do not expect him to recover.
Alfie’s parents, Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, have been fighting Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for months over the fate of their 23-month-old son. They hope to move Alfie to a specialist children’s hospital in Italy to see if a diagnoses and treatment to his condition is possible.
Tens of thousands of supporters have formed a campaign over the past year known as ‘Alfie’s Army’ to rally behind the parents of the young boy.
The Alder Hey NHS trust has argued that continuing life support is not in Alfie’s best interests and applied to the High Court to remove parental rights and to end his life by withdrawing ventilation.
The most recent news in this ongoing heart-breaking saga is that Tom and Kate, have failed in their attempts to persuade the Supreme Court that Alfie is being ‘unlawfully detained’ at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, UK not allowing his parents to appeal the trust’s decision.
The Supreme Court has sided with the hospital in order to put the best interest of Alfie first, which means the approval of the plan to withdraw treatment and facilitate the ending of the Alfie’s 23-month-old life.
His parents have made another application to the Supreme Court after losing a second fight at the Court of Appeal to move Alfie to a Roman Hospital where he would continue to receive palliative care.
Alfie’s parents had already lost a first round of cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.
“Alfie looks like a normal baby, but the unanimous opinion of the doctors who have examined him and the scans of his brain indicate his brain has almost been destroyed completely.”stated the justices of the supreme court adding “No-one knows why. But that it has happened and is continuing to happen cannot be denied. This means that Alfie cannot breathe, or eat, or drink without sophisticated medical treatment. It also means that there is no hope of him ever getting better.”
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, which is now representing Alfie’s family, said: “We are going to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights hoping we can stay the end-of-life order the courts have made.” adding “It is one thing to argue any medical treatment is futile, it is quite another thing to say someone should die because their quality of life is futile.”
A statement issued by Alder Hey reiterated today’s Supreme Court ruling, adding: “We understand that this decision is distressing for Alfie’s family at this very difficult time. We are appealing today because we have to act quickly. The parents are devoted parents.”
Mr. Evans has refuses to give up and has made an urgent application to the European Court of Human Rights.
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The Facebook group currently consists of 381,558 members, continually giving their support.
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Ref: BBC, Echo UK
LLearn the Risk” a group on Facebook has this to say :
SHOCKING VIDEO: 2-YEAR-OLD ALFIE FIGHTS TO STAY ALIVE AS UK HOSPITAL TRIES TO KILL HIM & REFUSES TRANSFER — UPDATE BELOW –PLEASE SHARE
• Alder Hey, a UK Hospital, sues parents and wins custody of Alfie Evans and permission to remove breathing support & inject lethal chemicals to stop his heart
• Hospital has police by the child’s bedside “protecting” the child from kidnapping by parents
• Hospital refuses parents’ pleas to take child to another hospital
UPDATE: Monday, April 23rd, the hospital removed little Alfie from his breathing support despite intervention from Pope and Italian Ambassador. The hospital has permission to inject execution-style chemicals to stop his heart at any time.
Alfie is fighting to survive and breathing on his own despite doctors swearing Alfie would not be able to. He is proving the doctors WRONG”