Alfie Evans' parents lose legal bid in attempt to save son

Erika Holt
April 17, 2018

The Court of Appeal in the United Kingdom ruled against the parents of a 23-month-old boy on life support.

Alfie, now 23 months old, is in a "semi-vegetative state" at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool as the result of a degenerative neurological condition that doctors have been unable to definitively identify.

Doctors have been ordered to keep treating Alfie as they wait for the outcome.

Lord Justice Moylan of the U.K. Court of Justice upheld Hayden's ruling on Monday, however, repeating arguments from both Hayden and staff at Alder Hey hospital, where Alfie has been treated, that it is in Alfie's "best interest" to take him off life support and allow him to die, according to Life Site News.

"We're never going to give up on you, Alfie".

However, Alder Hey said in a statement: "Noise from recent protests has unfortunately affected our patients so we would ask that noise levels outside the hospital are kept to a minimum and, for example, vehicle horns are not sounded".

Most of the protesters have now moved from outside the hospital's main entrance to Springfield Park, a short distance away.

Appeal court officials said an appeal court judge had decided that Alfie should continue to receive treatment pending the outcome of Monday's Court of Appeal hearing.

Supreme Court justices and European Court of Human Rights judges refused to intervene.

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Those hearings led to Mr Justice Hayden setting a time and date for life support to be switched off at a High Court Hearing earlier this week.

Barrister for the parents, Paul Diamond, said the couple might make a further appeal to the Supreme Court.

The court ruled that his life support won't be turned off until the Supreme Court has reached its decision.

He then alleged the hospital called the police to prevent him removing his son, with officers allegedly telling him he would be "arrested for assault" if he attempted to remove Alfie.

Hayden said details of that plan could not be revealed because Alfie was entitled to privacy at the end of his life.

She continued: "Alder Hey is an absolutely incredible hospital and the staff are second to none; this should not be happening outside a children's hospital".

The letter, from the Liverpool hospital's chief nurse, said the only Alfie's parents and two named visitors were now allowed to visit the Peadiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICO) at one time.

The protests have divided opinion as some people on social media have used the hashtag #ImWithAlderHey to raise concerns about the protests and show support for the hospital staff.

"The awful reality was that nearly the entirety of Alfie's brain has been eroded, leaving only water and cerebral spinal fluid", Moylan said, reading from Hayden's previous decision, according to The Sun.

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