Alfie Evans: parents' legal battle to keep son on life support

Family in UK waging legal battle over terminally ill son's life support treatment

Family in UK waging legal battle over terminally ill son's life support treatment

Tom Evans and Kate James are heading to a Court of Appeal to ask judges to allow their 23 month old son to continue to receive medical care and treatment.

They say the court order would end at the point the hospital removes ventilation from Alfie, at which moment they will take over and fly him to Rome. (Supplied) Alfie's parents Kate James and Tom Evans will mount a new legal bid on Monday.

Mr Evans said an appeal would be heard on Monday and the family hoped to go to Italy for treatment next week.

Cops have seemingly been pictured blocking the entrance to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in London where hundreds of protestors have gathered.

"Yesterday we attempted to discharge our son Alfie Evans from the care of Alder Hey, legally, by formally withdrawing their duty of care", he said, as he held up three passports. Despite having legal custody of the child, Alfie's parents were prevented by police from taking him away.

A video posted on Facebook showed Alfie's father filming his son in the hospital and holding a letter which he said states he has the right to leave with his child.

The toddler has a rare degenerative neurological condition which is attacking his brain.


The couple have expressed hope that specialists at Rome's Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital will be able to pinpoint what is wrong with the toddler, who is described as being in a "semi-vegetative state". So do their supporters, dubbed "Alfie's Army".

One document, a letter from the Christian Legal Centre, said that given the medical professionals, transport, and life support equipment the family had prepared, "such a removal would be lawful under English law". Appeal court officials said an appeal court judge had decided that Alfie should continue to receive treatment pending Monday's Court of Appeal hearing.

"I have documentation that says I have the right to take my son out of the hospital, I have the right to take my son out of this hospital", he says in the video. "I have the right to take my son out of this hospital", he says in the video. "Look at my healthy, healthy young boy who is undiagnosed, who is certainly not dying", he said.

The effect of the declaratory orders made by Mr Justice Hayden in the High Court is to make it lawful for Alder Hey to withdraw his artificial ventilation treatment, and to protect Alder Hay and its staff from legal liability for that step.

Merseyside Police said the protest on Thursday was peaceful but "did cause significant traffic disruption and inconvenience for other people trying to access the hospital".

His parents want to transport his care from Alder Hey to a Rome hospital.

"Please note that access to the hospital is now being disrupted and protesters are asked to be respectful of other patients and visitors trying to access the location".

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