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David Alton comments on Alfie Evans case
David Alton comments on Alfie Evans case
28 April 2018, 10:52 | Nichole Osborne
Group to gather outside Wrexham courts to show support for Alfie Evans
Alfie Evans hit the global headlines recently as his family were refused the right to take him to Italy for further treatment after his life support was turned off three days ago.
Tom Evans, father of British toddler Alfie Evans, speaks to members of the media and supporters outside Alder Hey childrens hospital in Liverpool, north-west England on April 26, 2018. His parents, however, have fought for months to take him to a hospital in Italy, where he would be kept on life support.
His life support was withdrawn Monday after a series of court rulings blocked further treatment.
Earlier this week the High Court ruled that Alfie, suffering from a degenerative neurological disorder, should not leave the country out of his "best interests". "So what we do today is we have a meeting with the doctors at Alder Hey and we now start asking to go home".
His dad, Tom, says that Alfie is doing surprisingly well, over 60 hours after having been removed from life support. Earlier today, an worldwide legal team announced a new effort to change the jurisdiction of Alfie's case from the United Kingdom to Italy, but Evans suggested that he was no longer seeking to transfer Alfie to Italy for treatment, but instead hoped for the freedom to bring his son home.
"Our lives have been turned upside down by the intense focus on Alfie and his situation", the young father said.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Alfie's parents would seek another appeal.
In a seeming reversal from previous statements, Evans also thanked the staff of Alder Hey Children's Hospital "every level for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly hard time for them too", and requested that their privacy be respected, as well.
The months-long legal battle between Alfie's parents, backed by a Christian pressure group, and his doctors has drawn interventions from the pope and Italian authorities, who support the parents' desire to have their son treated in Italy.
Although Evans' parents were told that their son might not survive the infection, the infant was able to beat it and even began breathing on his own. He's been outspoken about the parents' rights in Alfie's case and believes they and others have "moral rights" when it comes to the healthcare of their children.
But Tom Evans says the hospital "hate us, they don't like us".
Both statements used the words "dignity" and "comfort" in relation to Alfie's care.
"Moved by the prayers and vast solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted", Pope Francis tweeted on April 23.
Judge Eleanor King retorted that the evidence did not show this was the case.
Pope Francis has repeatedly offered his support and prayers for Alfie and his family.
"It also means that we owe it to Alfie to have the courage to do what is right for him now that the best course has been determined".
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Police on Wednesday issued a warning to supporters of the parents - many of whom have protested outside Alder Hey hospital - that the "unprecedented personal abuse" experienced by medical staff would not be tolerated.
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