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Parents of terminally-ill British toddler lose court appeal

Judges have also approved a plan for withdrawing treatment and bringing Alfie’s life to an end Judges have also approved a plan for withdrawing treatment and bringing Alfie’s life to an end
Kenny Thornton | 21 April, 2018, 06:20

Mr Tom Evans and Ms Kate James had made an application to the Supreme Court to have the case re-examined after exhausting all other legal appeals for their 23-month-old son Alfie Evans, who is being treated at a hospital in Liverpool, northwest England.

Baroness Hale of Richmond said that it was the view of doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, that nearly all of the 23-month-old boy's brain had been destroyed.

Tom Evans and Kate James were seeking to overturn a court order directing Alder Hey Children's hospital in Liverpool to remove their son's ventilator.

A plan to withdraw treatment and bring the life of a terminally ill United Kingdom toddler to an end has been approved by the Supreme Court, after the boy's parents lost the latest stage of their legal battle over his life support.

The toddler's parents said they'll appeal the decision.

They said a person unable to move because of measures taken in a hospital intensive care unit to keep them alive was not being "deprived of liberty".

Save Alfie Evans! Tell the hospital to let his parents take him home. His parents had petitioned the courts for permission to take him overseas for further medical treatment, and even approached Pope Francis for support. But doctors said his condition was irreversible.

THE PARENTS of Liverpool toddler Alfie Evans have lost the latest round of their legal battle as they bid to bring their son to Italy for treatment.

Alfie's father, Thomas Evans, met with Francis before the pope's general audience and asked him to make a public appeal about the value of life.

The last reason from the ruling by Supreme Court president Lady Hale Lord Kerr and Lord Wilson
The last reason from the ruling by Supreme Court president Lady Hale Lord Kerr and Lord Wilson

But Mr Justice Hayden said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless.

However the Supreme Court has refused to permit an appeal of the latest ruling. Court of appeal judges upheld his decisions.

Giving reasons for their decision, the justices said it was a "desperately sad case". "No application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg can or should change that".

Alfie's parents had also argued that their son was being wrongly "detained" at Alder Hey and had made a habeas corpus application, which requires a court to examine the legality of a detention.

It is a piece of common law which probably dates back to Anglo-Saxon times.

Alfie's parents fought the decision to the Supreme Court and before the European Court of Human Rights.

They said: "It is sad principally, of course, for Alfie's parents, for they love their little boy dearly and want to do all in their power to keep him alive".

"We are appealing today because we have got to act quickly", Chief executive Andrea Williams said.

Queen tips Prince Charles to follow her as Commonwealth head
Other topics on the agenda at the Commonwealth meeting include cybersecurity, trade and protecting the world's oceans. Leaders assembled in London for the biennial Commonwealth heads of government meeting will debate the issue tomorrow.

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