Alfie Evans' parents lose legal fight to move son to Italian hospital

Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2018

Speaking outside the hospital, Alfie's dad declared "it's not over" while crowds of supporters chanted "get him out".

A United Kingdom judge has refused to overturn a previous judge's decision that it is in baby Alfie Evans' "best interest" to discontinue ventilation, which will likely cause his death.

The parents of terminally ill Alfie Evans have lost a legal fight to move their son to a hospital in Italy.

But Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan ruled against them.

The case ultimately revolves around the question of whether parents have the right to make healthcare decisions for their children.

A United Kingdom judge denied an appeal from Alfie Evans' parents Monday to have him treated outside the country, saying their parental rights did not matter. He accused the hospital of lying to the police, banning his wife Kate from seeing their son, being negligent in their care for Alfie, and leaving him in conditions of squalor.

The parents say that their 23-month-old son is not receiving the care and treatment that he needs.

The judge said doctors at the hospital all believe that the sick tot "could not be saved".

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

"It is my honest hope that everything necessary may be done in order to continue compassionately accompanying little Alfie Evans, and that the deep suffering of his parents may be heard". He stressed that when conflicts arise between the parents' preferences and the child's best interests, then the child's best interests must prevail.

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. "It is precisely because of this judicial determination that Aflie has been kept in Alder Hey Hospital", he said.

Diamond said he will file an appeal with the Supreme Court by Tuesday afternoon, The Liverpool Echo reported. The decision was delivered today at the Court of Justice at about 4:20 PM London time.

The 23-month-old is now at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool where doctors have said his condition is untreatable. His doctors agree that he has an undiagnosed neurological condition that has resulted in serious and irreparable brain damage. He is on life support at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital which is part of the UK's National Health Service Foundation Trust. The U.K. High Court, appeals courts, and the European Court of Human Rights have all sided with the decision of hospital staff that continued treatment for Alfie would be futile and that his best interest is to die.

The parents lost their bid to allow Alfie to be taken overseas for treatment.