Alfie Evans' Parents Lose The Battle For Their Son's Life

Alfie Evans dad Tom Evans

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 decision is another setback for the parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who have been engaged in a protracted legal fight with Alder Hey Children's Hospital over their son's care.

Earlier court rulings blocked further medical treatment and ordered life support to be withdrawn. His doctors say that he has an undiagnosed neurological condition that has resulted in serious and irreparable brain damage.

Mr Evans and Ms James' lawyers, the Christian Legal Centre, said they will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, despite the court ruling.

However Alfie's father Tom, who this week met with Pope Francis to ask him to intervene, vowed to fight the "cruel bureaucracy". He argued that a better system can be found in Texas, where disputes of the discontinuation of treatment are resolved by hospital ethics committees.

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Alfie's father responded angrily to the decision.

Alfie's parents filed a petition to the Supreme Court after the UK Court of Appeal ruled this Monday against the parents' argument that their son was being unlawfully detained by the hospital.

"Alfie looks like a normal baby", they said, "but the unanimous decision of doctors who have examined him and the scans of his brain is that nearly all of his brain is destroyed".

The U.K. Supreme Court struck down the final appeal to allow Alfie Evans to live and receive further treatment, and instead approved plans for his death. However, they were unsuccessful in overturning Mr Justice Heydon's February 20 decision. She was such a lovely woman and said they will do everything they can for Alfie as they would with any other. "Not Alder Hey, not the doctors here not any parents either".

Judges said no detail of the plan could be made public because Alfie was entitled to privacy as his life came to a close. "No application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg can or should change that". We are appealing today because we have got to act quickly.

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