Doctors criticize court refusal to allow Alfie Evans to go to Italy

by Noah Mcgee April 28, 2018, 10:56
Doctors criticize court refusal to allow Alfie Evans to go to Italy

The father of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans will demand to take his son home to "save his life" in a showdown meeting with doctors today, he has said this morning.

Tom Evans, Alfie's father, affirmed to reporters Thursday outside of Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool that his son is "not suffering" and "not in pain", adding, "As I sit next to Alfie's bedside, every second of every day, it encourages me more and more that he will live for "x" amount of months, possibly years".

Although Evans' degenerative neurological condition was not definitively diagnosed by the doctors, some experts believe the toddler has Mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDS) - the same disease that affected Charlie Gard - an infant whose parents were embroiled in a similar legal battle previous year.

A court rejected a last-ditch appeal by Alfie Evans's parents on Wednesday against an earlier ruling preventing them from flying him to Rome for further care.

However, every court over the past year has ruled that Alfie must stay at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, with this most recent decision claiming that further treatment would not do the boy any good.

Alfie's father Tom Evans said Alfie continued to survive with no assistance, and that doctors had subsequently resumed providing oxygen and hydration.

Mr Justice Hayden said that although Alfie had been a "fighter" since his life support had been removed, his undiagnosed degenerative condition had "almost entirely wiped out" his brain matter and he stood no chance of recovery.

The Polish president on Wednesday said on Twitter that "Alfie Evans must be saved!"

"We submit there is a likelihood of Alfie having some pleasure in life", he said. However, their appeal was dismissed.

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Bishop Francesco Cavina of Carpi, in northern Italy - who helped arrange a meeting between Thomas Evans and Pope Francis - said "it is hard to understand" why the parents can not transfer their child. Pope Francis tweeted about the case and met with Evans to discuss the boy.

Staff members did hydrate the child, but not much else. In December 2017, the doctors of the hospital believed there was no hope for improvement in Evans' health and filed a case with the high court to remove parental rights and withdraw ventilation.

The case has stirred up strong emotions, especially among a crowd of supporters calling themselves "Alfie's Army" camped outside the hospital.

The hospital increased its security, and police said they were monitoring social media posts about the case for malicious communications.

"Alfie doesn't need intensive care anymore", Evans said, according to Express.

Chairman Sir David Henshaw and chief executive Louise Shepherd said every- one at the hospital had been "deeply affected" by Alfie's plight and that it was wrong that the professionalism, motivation and ethics of those caring for the toddler had been questioned.

"I will not allow you to kill my son just because a bunch of smug lawyers in London has concluded this would be good for him".

"Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome, at the behest of Pope Francis, is ready and willing to care for the child - not promising a cure, which may not exist, but respecting their parental judgment and offering to accompany both Alfie and his family through this tragic situation".

Alder Hey issued an open letter Wednesday saying its staff had experienced a barrage of "unprecedented personal abuse".

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