Parents of Alfie Evans appeal for supporters to step aside

Alfie Evans cuddling his mother Kate James at Alder Hey Hospital
Judges uphold a High Court ruling allowing Alfie to go home but not abroad and the hospital says its staff are now being targeted
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28 April, 2018

Following a court ruling on Monday, the child's life-support equipment was switched off but he has confounded expectations by continuing to breathe unaided.

Tom Evans, Alfie's father, affirmed to reporters Thursday outside of Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool that his son is "not suffering" and "not in pain", adding, "As I sit next to Alfie's bedside, every second of every day, it encourages me more and more that he will live for "x" amount of months, possibly years".

Doctors have been unable to successfully diagnose Alfie Evans, but he is thought to have an incurable neurological condition.

Steven Woolfe MEP, launching the campaign outside the Houses of Parliament today, said: "The cases of Charlie Gard, Aysha King, and now Alfie Evans, show a unsafe trend of public bodies depriving parents and families of the right to make decisions they believe are in the best interests of their children".

One of the organisers of Wednesday's gathering in front of the British embassy in the Polish capital, Marek Grabowski, from a group called the Mom and Dad Foundation, told Poland's PAP news agency that the gatherings aimed to "show solidarity and support for Alfie Evans' parents".

In a statement Tom Evans said he was grateful for all the support but asked people "to return back to your everyday lives and allow myself, Kate and Alder Hey to form a relationship, build a bridge and walk across it".

But a doctor treating Alfie, who can not be named for legal reasons, said that for Alfie to be allowed home would require a "sea change" in attitude from the child's family, and they feared that in the "worst case" they would try to take the boy overseas.

"We submit there is a likelihood of Alfie having some pleasure in life", he said.

All grounds of appeal have now been dismissed by Lord Justice McFarlane, meaning Alfie's parents have apparently exhausted all legal options to continue his treatment in Italy.

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Staff members did hydrate the child, but not much else. Pope Francis tweeted about the case and met with Evans to discuss the boy. Further, U.K. law allows doctors to override parents' wishes in regards to medical care if it's in the child's "best interests".

The case has stirred up strong emotions, especially among a crowd of supporters calling themselves "Alfie's Army" camped outside the hospital.

"In reality we could be in Italy right now", he said, adding that a German air ambulance was already in Liverpool waiting to evacuate Alfie.

"We note the offer of the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome to care for Alfie Evans".

Chief Inspector Chris Gibson said: "I would like to make people aware that these posts are being monitored and remind social media users that any offences including malicious communications and threatening behaviour will be investigated and where necessary will be acted upon".

Judge Eleanor King retorted that the evidence did not show this was the case.

The boy's parents insisted that it is in their son's best interest to travel to Rome, where Alfie was granted Italian citizenship, to seek additional treatment. "We hope you will respect this".

Police on Wednesday issued a warning to supporters of the parents - many of whom have protested outside Alder Hey hospital - that the "unprecedented personal abuse" experienced by medical staff would not be tolerated.

As late as Thursday morning, Evans told LBC radio: "They [Alder Hey hospital] hate us. they don't like us".


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