UK Supreme Court denies Alfie Evans' appeal, ventilator to be removed Monday

UK Supreme Court denies Alfie Evans' appeal, ventilator to be removed Monday

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. Tom even flew to Rome on April 17 and met with Pope Francis the following day to plead for the pontiff to save his son's life by granting him asylum. It means that Alfie can not breathe, or eat, or drink without sophisticated medical treatment.

The pope had already spoken about Alfie earlier this month. The judges' decision brings to an end a series of challenges made in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Tom and Kate fought the rulings tooth and nail and filed one appeal after another to allow them to seek treatment for Alfie in the Vatican's Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital, which had offered to treat Alfie.

After losing their latest appeal, Alfie's parents are making a further appeal to the Supreme Court and appeal court judges said Alfie would continue to receive treatment pending the Supreme Court decision.

Evans and James want to move their son from Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool to a clinic in Rome. "I spoke to the director of Vatican News, then was alerted the Pope had sent an urgent request to Bambino to take Alfie as soon as possible".

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Alfie's parents had relied on a habeas corpus bid to get the court to agree with them that they have the right to withdraw Alfie from the hospital since they are his parents and legal guardians.

"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".

Judges said no detail of the plan could be made public because Alfie was entitled to privacy as his life came to a close. The protesters were disturbing other patients and intimidating hospital staff, the hospital said. They said treatment should continue until Supreme Court justices had made a decision. "No application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg can or should change that". Crowds of supporters also besieged Alder Hey Hospital to demonstrate and protest on Alfie's behalf.

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