Alfie Evans' family dealt fresh court blow

Alfie Evans' family dealt fresh court blow

The parents of a 23-month-old boy at the centre of a life-support treatment battle have lost their latest legal fight to allow the child to be moved to a foreign hospital for treatment. The child's parents also suggested that Alfie was being unlawfully detained at Alder Hey, but the judge dismissed that suggestion.

"We just wanted to take our son to give him the chance he deserves". He said that Alfie "tried his best to stay awake but after a couple of minutes and a couple of very exhausted kid flickers he went back of to sleep".

Earlier today, Justice Anthony Hayden of the High Court of England and Wales rejected the parents' latest appeal, allowing to stand a previous ruling that stopping his ventilator and letting him die would be in Alfie's "best interests".

Last week, a judge decided it was in the best interests of Alfie for his life support to be switched off.

"We see no basis for submission that there is a deprivation of liberty under Habeas Corpus or Article 5 of the Human Rights Act". This led to the hospital restricting the number of visitors to Alfie.

Moylan denied the parents permission to file an appeal to his decision to the U.K. Supreme Court, saying that the parents' wishes were already well established and that they could not perpetuate a "legal Groundhog Day" by continuing to appeal decisions with the same argument.

Supreme Court justices and European Court of Human Rights judges refused to intervene.

Barrister for the parents, Paul Diamond, said the couple might make a further appeal to the Supreme Court.

The court ruled that his life support won't be turned off until the Supreme Court has reached its decision.

In a statement tearfully read outside the hospital on Monday, Alfie Evans' father accused the hospital of "lying to the police", "stripping [Alfie] of his dignity", "taking away the rights of him and his family to be together", and "trying to dictate what is in Alfie's best interests when we have several pieces of evidence showing Alder Hey to be acting contrary to Alfie's best interest", such as "leaving him in poor and squalid conditions.and with moldy tubes". The protests have allegedly caused road blockages and prevented some staff from entering the hospital.

As for Alfie's future prospects, staff at Bambino Gesu have offered to perform a tracheotomy to improve his aided breathing and a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy so that he can be fed through his stomach.

Yesterday afternoon, appeal judges Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan upheld a ruling by high court judge Justice Hayden, who endorsed a detailed plan put forward by Alder Hey doctors for withdrawing life-support treatment.

Specialists say his brain has been "eroded". "He has been treated in Alder Hey since 2015".

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