Alfie Evans: Life support appeal outcome deferred

From BBC - March 1, 2018

The family of ill toddler Alfie Evans will have to wait to find out if an appeal will be granted against a ruling to remove his life support.

Three judges will hear an appeal from the parents of the 21-month-old, who has a mystery illness, but judgement will be handed down at a later date.

Alfie's parents, Tom Evans and Kate James from Bootle, Merseyside, want to take him abroad for treatment.

Their request for an adjournment to the hearing has been refused.

Stephen Knafler QC, from Alfie's parents' legal team, had asked judges to delay the hearing for about two weeks.

He said an "appropriate time for parental reflection" was needed.

State 'interference'

The appeal judges refused and said the hearing would go ahead, but they would deliver a ruling at a later date after analysing argument.


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