Published: Sat, April 28, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Parents to work with hospital for treatment plan for Alfie Evans

Parents to work with hospital for treatment plan for Alfie Evans

THE father of terminally-ill Alfie Evans last night spoke of "building a bridge" as he thanked medics treating his son for their "dignity and professionalism".

The boy's parents have been fighting one court battle after another for the right to take Alfie to Italy for care at a children's hospital there.

Steven Woolfe MEP, launching the campaign outside the Houses of Parliament today, said: "The cases of Charlie Gard, Aysha King, and now Alfie Evans, show a unsafe trend of public bodies depriving parents and families of the right to make decisions they believe are in the best interests of their children".

High Court Justice Anthony Hayden dismissed the parents' case on Tuesday, and said his ruling represented "the final chapter in the life of this extraordinary little boy".

Tom Evans and Kate James wanted Alfie to be transported to a hospital in Rome for care, but the Court of Appeal upheld a ruling this week preventing the 23-month-old from travelling overseas after life support was withdrawn.

The 23-month-old boy has an incurable degenerative neurological condition.

Meanwhile, U.K. courts continue to deny Alfie's parents the right to take him out of the country for medical treatment.

Our lives have been turned upside down by the intense focus on Alfie and his situation.

He said: "Alfie has a severe neurodegenerative disorder".

They say their focus now is on bringing him home, and they want to work with doctors to achieve that.

As late as Thursday morning, Evans told LBC radio: "They [Alder Hey hospital] hate us. they don't like us". Staff members did hydrate the child, but not much else. Further, U.K. law allows doctors to override parents' wishes in regards to medical care if it's in the child's "best interests".

His dad, Tom, says that Alfie is doing surprisingly well, over 60 hours after having been removed from life support.

Pope Francis has backed the child's parents in their attempts to get treatment in Rome.

The hospital increased its security, and police said they were monitoring social media posts about the case for malicious communications.

In a seeming reversal from previous statements, Evans also thanked the staff of Alder Hey Children's Hospital "every level for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly hard time for them too", and requested that their privacy be respected, as well.

Alfie's case has drawn global attention, with officials in largely Catholic Poland and Italy implicitly criticizing Britain's courts and state-run National Health Service.

Poland's President Andrzej Duda tweeted on Wednesday that "Alfie Evans must be saved". "Perhaps all that's needed is some goodwill on the part of decision makers. We hope you will respect this". He told the Tablet magazine that had spoken with Pope Francis about Alfie Evans.

Italy put a military plane on standby to transport Alfie to Rome if the courts allowed it and granted the boy Italian citizenship to facilitate his arrival and transport.

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