Alfie Evans case: Court rules against parents again

From BBC - April 16, 2018

The parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans have lost their latest legal battle.

Tom Evans and Kate James asked Court of Appeal judges to rule that the 23-month-old should be allowed to receive treatment in Italy.

Earlier Alder Hey Children's Hospital urged protesters supporting the parents to show respect.

Judges said they were "dismayed and concerned" by reports of some protesters' actions.

A relative of a patient at the hospital, which won a legal battle to withdraw Alfie's life support, had described visits as "intimidating and scary" because of some of the people protesting.

Mr Evans, 21, and Ms James, 20, who are from Liverpool, have lost fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

On Monday Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan ruled against the parents at the appeal court hearing in London.

They also rejected a request for the case to go back to the Supreme Court.

'Groundhog Day'

However, Alfie's parents have 24 hours to ask permission directly from the court if they wish.

Appeal court judges said doctors should continue treating Alfie pending a Supreme Court decision.


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