Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Alfie Evans: Life Support Withdrawn Despite Italy Granting Baby Citizenship

Alfie Evans: Life Support Withdrawn Despite Italy Granting Baby Citizenship

He was brought to Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital in December 2016, suffering from "coughing, high temperature and episodes of rhythmic jerking of all four limbs and his jaw", as court papers described-he hasn't left since.

The 23-month-old toddler has been taken off life support and has been breathing unassisted for more than 10 hours, his father Tom Evans has claimed today.

Between 4 and 5am this morning the Hospital reluctantly gave in to continued requests and provided some hydration and oxygen support.

Alfie was granted Italian citizenship so that he could travel to Rome to receive treatment from the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital on Monday.

In a Facebook live video, Alfie's father Thomas Evans, 21, said: "Just to update you all, Alfie's sustained his life since 17 minutes past nine". He said he was losing his colour and his fingers were turning blue.

"We need him just to be oxygenated".

In a statement on its official website the Ministry says: "Ministers Alfano and Minniti have granted Italian citizenship to little Alfie". If there is anything at all that can be done, may the Lord enable us by His love and grace to effect it.

Pope Francis, who has met Alfie's parents, has renewed his support for the family and appealed for further treatment to be sought.

Later in the evening, Alfie's parents lost their last-ditch attempt to stop the hospital from switching off Alfie's life support machine after judges at the European Court of Human Rights rejected their appeal.

Police block the entrance to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool as supporters of Alfie Evans move towards the doors earlier today.

Courts have ruled in favor of Alder Hey and its decision to prevent Alfie's parents from taking him outside its premises, arguing that any further efforts will only prolong his suffering.

The Roman Catholic Church leader added in another tweet on Monday: "Moved by the prayers and enormous 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".

Doctors say Alfie is in a "semi-vegetative state" as a result of a degenerative neurological condition that medics have been unable to identify precisely.

"No-one knows why. But that it has happened and is continuing to happen can not be denied".

The parents have vowed to continue fighting for his life, with Evans meeting Pope Francis last week and urging the pontiff to do all he can to help Alfie. "It also means that there is no hope of his ever getting better".

Alder Hey Hospital said it wouldn't be offering a running commentary on Alfie's condition.

Patients have been advised to attend appointments "as normal" as the hopsital is "operating as usual".

'Our Emergency Department is still open, however only attend if you have an accident or emergency that requires urgent care.

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