Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans lose United Kingdom court appeal

This image was posted by Alfie's father Tom Evans on Monday

Alfie has been in Alder Hey children's hospital in Liverpool since December 2016.

Parents' rights should neither be ignored nor dismissed as irrelevant by hospitals and courts, who believe they know best and have the power, money and resources to overwhelm families who simply want to save their child.

Britain's Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected a new bid by the parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans to take him to Italy and continue his life support against the wishes of his doctors and judges.

Alfie has been at the centre of a life-or-death treatment battle, with his parents trying to block doctors from withdrawing life support in a sometimes acrimonious six-month dispute which has seen a series of court battles.

On Tuesday, the High Court refused to allow his parents to take him to Rome and the Appeal Court on Wednesday will hear their appeal against that decision.

Doctors say that it is hard to estimate how long Alfie will live without life support, but that there is no chance he will get better.

Shortly after the campaign for the launched law, Tom Evans announced he and Kate had reached an accord with the staff of Alder Hey Hospital concerning a plan "that provides our boy with the dignity and comfort he needs".

Mr Evans added: "All I ask for now is for this meeting to be a positive one, and I hope to have Alfie, on the terms of mine and Alder Hey, to be home within a day or two". On Wednesday he said Alfie was being given food again after 36 hours without it.

"It's more proof that the civilization of death is starting to win", said Szydlo, who represents a strongly pro-Catholic government.

In Warsaw, supporters placed candles, teddy bears and notes in front of the British embassy.

Italy put a military plane on standby to transport Alfie to Rome if the courts allowed it and granted the boy Italian citizenship to facilitate his arrival and transport. As the relationship between the hospital and Alfie's family has clearly broken down, their request to take Alfie to another hospital seems unarguable.

Police remained outside the hospital on Thursday, after Alder Hey said its staff had experienced "unprecedented personal abuse".



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