Alfie Evans: Decision to remove life support upheld by judge

From BBC - March 6, 2018

The parents of a seriously ill toddler have lost their appeal against a High Court decision to end his life support.

A judge ruled last month that doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool can stop treating 21-month-old Alfie Evans against the wishes of his parents Kate James and Tom Evans.

They want to take him abroad for treatment for his mystery illness but doctors said it would be "futile".

Judges at London's Court of Appeal agreed with the High Court ruling.

Alfie's parents, from Bootle, Merseyside, were not at the appeal hearing in London but listened via a telephone link.

Their son is in a "semi-vegetative state" and has an undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition.

Announcing the decision at the Court of Appeal, Mrs Justice King said Alfie's parents were "unable to accept what movements in Alfie they see are not positive responses".

Medical evidence showed that Alfie was "deeply comatose" and "to all intents and purposes unaware of his surroundings", she said.

'No clear plan'

Mrs Justice King added Alfie's father wanted to move him to a hospital in Rome then, if necessary, to a hospital in Munich.

She said he was passionate and wanted to "fight on with Alfie's Army" but she said he had "no clear plan".


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