Alfie Evans parents can not take sick toddler to Italy

Alfie Evans hearing

FACEBOOK GETTY ANXIOUS The parents of Alfie Evans await a decision on the toddler

Life support for the boy was withdrawn at Alder Hey Children's hospital on Monday night after the same judge, Mr Justice Hayden, rejected fresh submissions heard in private from lawyers representing Alfie's parents and gave doctors the go-ahead to stop treatment.

Protesters gather outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, England, Monday April 23, 2018 after the European Court of Human Rights rejected an appeal against the decision to end life-support for Alfie Evans, a terminally-ill toddler.

"Last night Mr Justice Hayden ordered that Alfie can not be removed from Alder Hey Children's Hospital pending the hearing before the Court of Appeal on Monday".

Williams argued that that choice shouldn't rest with the doctors, and the Evans family should have the right to seek a second opinion at the Vatican's Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital, which has indicated its willingness to admit Alfie.

Alfie's parents have been embroiled in a lengthy battle for their son - who is suffering an unknown degenerative brain condition - to continue receiving treatment. In an interview with Italian Radio 24, Mariella Enoc, who travelled to Liverpool to personally try to intervene on behalf of the parents, said she spoke to the Italian ambassador in London who said the plane could leave with him in a matter of minutes. Nothing, except the power of life and death over its subjects and the potential for embarrassment if they are proven wrong.

Italy [VIDEO] granted Alfie citizenship to allow immediate care, according to the National Catholic Register. That's already happened, as Alfie unexpectedly survived the withdrawal of the ventilator. "The parents can't take a child to the hospital and then not be allowed to access another option for treatment".

Instead, the judge asked Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool to consider permitting them to take their son home. Doctors have been left "gobsmacked" after Alfie's life-support was withdrawn but he continued to live, his father Tom Evans has said.

The case was back in court following an application by the Christian Legal Centre, which is representing the parents, to apply for Alfie to be moved to a hospital in Rome.

During the hearing at Manchester Civil Justice Centre, he 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.

"We are deeply concerned and outraged by the treatment and care offered to Alfie Evans", the Medical Ethics Alliance said.

Alfie was admitted into Alder Hey Children's Hospital on December 14, 2016, and was diagnosed with seven illnesses including pneumonia, bronchitis, and RSV. You do not have the moral high ground in this court.

When it comes to medical treatment of children British law tends to favour doctors' decisions with regard to life-saving treatment over the rights of parents. They are hoping to be able to get life support restored and also want to be able to take him to Italy, which granted him citizenship yesterday.

In a similar case last July, British baby Charlie Gard died of a genetic disease after the courts blocked the baby's parents from transporting him to Italy.

"Alfie's clinical condition is truly heart rending, but at each stage of the legal process which has to be followed in such cases, the courts have agreed with the treating team and the independent expert advisors instructed by the Trust and the family that Alfie's condition is irreversible and untreatable".

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