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Parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans lose legal fight to fly to Rome for treatment

Alfie is in a “semi-vegetative state” as the result of a degenerative neurological condition.

Alfie Evans
Alfie Evans
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BRITAIN’S COURT OF Appeal has ruled against the parents of a terminally ill toddler who sought permission to take him to Italy for medical treatment that lower UK courts blocked in favour of suspending life support.

The parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans have been engaged in a protracted legal fight with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital over his care. They asked the Court of Appeal to overturn earlier rulings that blocked further medical treatment for their son.

Instead, justices upheld a lower court’s conclusion that flying Alfie to a hospital in Rome would be wrong and pointless.

Some protesters gathered outside the hospital in Liverpool wept at the news of the appeals court’s decision. Some chanted “Save Alfie Evans”.

Alfie is in a “semi-vegetative state” as the result of a degenerative neurological condition that doctors have been unable to definitively identify. Lower courts have ordered the boy’s life support to be withdrawn.

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Alfie Evans court case Tom Evans and Kate James, the parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans Source: Philip Toscano via PA Images

Pope Francis prayed yesterday for Alfie and others who are suffering from serious infirmities. The pope’s comments marked the second case in less than a year in which he expressed his views on the treatment of a terminally ill British child.

Last July, Francis spoke out on behalf of Charlie Gard, who died from a rare genetic disease after his parents waged a protracted court fight to obtain treatment for him outside of Britain.

In appealing the lower court rulings, Alfie’s parents, Tom Evans, aged 21, and Kate James, aged 20, argued their son had shown improvement in recent weeks. But doctors said his brain was eroded and his condition was irreversible.

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