New twist in saga over terminally ill United Kingdom toddler

New twist in saga over terminally ill United Kingdom toddler

New twist in saga over terminally ill United Kingdom toddler

The little boy was even granted Italian citizenship as a last-ditch attempt to get him treatment.

"The judge says the parents aren't facing up to the reality: He is very sick, he's not going to get better, and that treatment in this case is not going to cure him".

But Alfie's parents, who are backed by a Christian pressure group, have been granted a chance to challenge that ruling at the appeals court Wednesday afternoon.

"It's very disappointing", said Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Center, which is representing the Evans family.

Tom Evans, the father of terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans, holds up a court order as he speaks to the media outside Alder Hey Hospital where Alfie is being cared for on April 13, 2018 in Liverpool.

They said that Evans had recently grown "stronger and more responsive", noting that he could take a few breaths on his own and was stretching, coughing, swallowing, and yawning. He is not suffering, he is not struggling, he is fighting.

His father, Thomas Evans, told the bosses at the Italian hospital that Alfie, who has an undiagnosed brain disease, has been given an oxygen mask to aid his breathing.

Medics say Alfie has a degenerative neurological condition destroying his brain.

At an audience last week, he told attendees in reference to the case: "I want to reiterate and strongly confirm that the only master of life, from the beginning to its natural end, is God, and our duty is to do everything to protect life".

Evans' parents, Kate James and Tom Evans, had repeatedly made requests to transfer him to the Vatican-linked Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital in Rome, for further diagnosis and treatment.

She added: "We are waiting for a response from the English justice system because even the British government cannot intervene".

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Instead, the judge said the best Alfie's parents could hope for was to "explore" the options of removing him from intensive care either to a ward, a hospice or his home.

"An air ambulance is now waiting outside Alder Hey Hospital ready to take Alfie to hospital in Italy".

"So it is a total mystery to me why the judge won't accede to this plan, the parents' wishes", she continued.

The BBC reported that a doctor, who could not be identified for legal reasons, said a "sea change" in the family's attitude would be needed for Alfie to be permitted to go home.

"The nurses and doctors are coming in continuously through the day, and they're not concerned", Evans said.

One of the clinicians at Alder Hey hospital said that moving Alfie can not take place for a few days at the earliest and that the hostility that they are facing from protesters - some of whom tried to storm the hospital on Monday - promises to make moving him hard.

"Now they're saying that he appears actually good however everyone knows he ought to be in Italy proper now". The toddler's life support was withdrawn Monday after a series of court rulings blocked further medical treatment.

Following the court hearing, a hospital spokesman said: "Our top priority therefore remains in ensuring Alfie receives the care he deserves to ensure his comfort, dignity and privacy are maintained throughout".

"The High Court decided that it was in the "Best Interests" of Alfie to die and duly authorized the withdrawal of treatment".

He said, "The power of love is defeating the cynicism of those who have pulled the plug".

Woolfe said it's important that people continue to step up and fight for Alfie, adding that his case isn't the first of this kind, referencing the case of Charlie Gard and Ashya King .

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