ALFIE Evans’ distraught parents have been dealt the devastating blow his life support will be switched off as top judges rejected their appeal. The Co
ALFIE Evans’ distraught parents have been dealt the devastating blow his life support will be switched off as top judges rejected their appeal.
The Court of Appeal agreed with Alder Hey specialists that the terminally ill tot “could not be saved” and that it would be “unkind” and “futile” to continue treatment.
Alfie Evans was born with a rare degenerative condition
Alfie’s parents Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, were fighting to take their son to a hospital in Rome and said they have a private jet and ambulance on standby.
They have already lost a challenge at the Court of Appeal and failed to have the decision overturned at the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.
But the defiant parents mounted a new legal bid at the Court of Appeal as supporters flocked to Alder Hey in Liverpool to back them.
Lord Justice Davis, who is heading the three-strong panel of appeal judges, told lawyers that at the start of the hearing today that doctors had agreed that there was “no hope”.
Getty Images – Getty Alfie’s dad Tom Evans has vowed to take his son to Italy for treatment
Flanked by supporters, Alfie’s dad Tom Evans shows his, Kate’s and Alfie’s passports, as he makes a bid to take his son abroad for treatment
He said: “We cannot have a kind of legal ‘Groundhog Day’ where you come back again and again and again on the same point.”
The court was also read a statement from Lord Justice Hayden’s previous ruling where he said: “The terrible reality was that almost the entirety of Alfie’s brain has been eroded, leaving only water and cerebral spinal fluid.
“Treatment is futile as experts both here and abroad agree. Alfie will never make any developmental progress. He has been treated in Alder Hey since 2015.”
It comes after Alder Hey pleaded with Alfie Evans protesters not to disturb staff and patients.
Staff claim noise from around 100 protesters has impacted on patients despite “Alfie’s Army” urging supporters to be “respectful” to the hospital.
Alder Hey said in a statement: “Noise from recent protests has unfortunately affected our patients so we would ask that noise levels outside the hospital are kept to a minimum and, for example, car horns are not sounded.
“Loud noise affects sleep and raises anxiety levels for our patients especially when recovering from procedures, so please bear them in mind.”
The hospital added it had beefed up security but said it “remains fully operational” with A&E open for emergency care.
Mercury Press Alfie Evans protesters have been warned not to disrupt patients or staff at Alder Hey
Mercury Press Supporters have been flocking to the hospital to back Alfie’s parents
Mercury Press Protesters pictured at the hospital today