Toddler Alfie Evans still breathing hours after life support is withdrawn


It's in his best interests to get treatment at a hospital overseas."Life support was withdrawn from Alfie, who has a rare degenerative brain disease, on Monday after an appeal to the high court was turned down".

Woolfe speculated the upcoming emergency court hearing is just another attempt by Alder Hey Hospital to prevent Alfie being taken overseas.

Monday, with the support of the UK court system, Alder Hey Hospital in the United Kingdom removed life support from the toddler who has been fighting an undiagnosed brain disease.

The U.K. High Court rejected a final plea to treat Alfie Evans in Italy, despite the fact that he breathed unassisted for 19 hours.

"They say Alfie's suffering", Evans said.

Medics say he has a degenerative neurological condition destroying his brain, and it is in his best interests to withdraw life support, but his parents want to take him overseas for treatment.

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Alfie's parents campaigned unsuccessfully to prevent Alder Hey Children's Hospital stopping the youngster's life support, and protesters backing the family have been demonstrating outside the hospital. "It can not be in Alfie's best interests to be left in Alder Hey where the court order is to let him die".

All legal avenues appeared to have been exhausted for the family until a further hearing by Mr Justice Hayden was announced earlier on Tuesday at the Family Division of the High Court in Manchester. He has not been definitively diagnosed, but his doctors think he suffers from a rare and incurable degenerative neurological condition.

In a statement, the medical association representing Alfie's doctors called his case "heartbreaking for his parents and emotionally challenging for the doctors and nurses involved in treating and caring for him". "Daily, Alfie moves, stretches, yawns, responding to tickling and noise and cuddling", a petition on states.

Specialists at Alder Hey said life-support treatment should stop and Mr Justice Hayden said he accepted medical evidence which showed that further treatment was futile.

On Monday, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs granted Alfie Italian citizenship, saying it hopes that it will allow for an "immediate transfer to Italy".

In March, London's Court of Appeal upheld a lower court's decision to end life support for Evans.

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However, his parents and their supporters raised millions of pounds and fought for him to be flown to America for an experimental treatment.

Alfie's parents' lawyer, Paul Diamond of the Christian Legal Centre's Standing Counsel, is asking the judge to allow Alfie to leave Alder Hey and travel to the Rome hospital.

But his parents have fought a long battle to ask the courts to allow them to take him overseas. According to his father, doctors eventually gave Evans water and supplemental oxygen, but the child has not been given nutrition for almost a day.

Football fans at the Liverpool Roma match are being urged to take part in a touching tribute to Alfie Evans in the 23 minute.

Charlie's parents abandoned their legal fight when even Professor Hirano, the U.S. doctor who offered an experimental treatment, flew to the United Kingdom under court orders and determined Charlie's condition was irreversible.

The child, who had been born healthy by all indications, had been taken to the doctor prior to his admittance as he began exhibiting abnormal jerking movements.

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