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New defeat for Alfie Evans' parents in battle for treatment overseas

New defeat for Alfie Evans' parents in battle for treatment overseas

The couple, from Liverpool, have already lost cases in the high court, court of appeal, supreme court and European court of human rights.

A second appeal judge, Lady Justice King, said doctors' unanimous opinion was that Alfie "could not be saved".

At the appeal hearing, Lord Justice Davis said doctors had agreed that there was "no hope" for Alfie.

The father of seriously ill toddler Alfie Evans has said "we are never going to back down" after he and the child's mother were told they can not take their son to a foreign hospital.

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.

Last week, the high court judge Mr Justice Hayden endorsed a detailed plan put forward by Alder Hey doctors for withdrawing life-support treatment.

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

"Alfie, the family and all of our supporters are stronger than ever and we will keep fighting all the way".

Lord Justice Hayden had previously ruled that "it was not in Alfie's best interests to continue ventilation, that he should only receive palliative care, and that it should be carried out by Alder Hey", stated Justice Moylan, as reported by Liverpool Echo.

Protesters stationed outside the hospital where Alfie Evans is being kept on life-support have been accused of intimidating and verbally abusing other parents and staff.

He also dismissed the suggestion that Alfie was being unlawfully detained an Alder Hey and refused to grant a writ of habeas corpus.

'Whilst many people have gathered to protest in a peaceful way, Merseyside Police is now investigating a small number of reports, some of which originate from social media, as well as instances of verbal abuse and acts of intimidation from those outside the hospital, ' he said.

The hospital has increased security and urged the protesters to keep noise levels down because "loud and constant noise such as from vehicle horns affects sleep and raises anxiety levels for our patients especially when recovering from procedures".

During the December 2017 inspection, safety watchdog Care Quality Commission found "very worrying problems" in its operating theatres, "near misses" that went unreported, and there were complaints from theatre staff that hospital managers did not listen to their "repeated concerns".

In statement Alder Hey said it "refuted" criticisms from Mr Evans of the treatment Alfie has received.

Judges have heard that Alfie is in a "semi-vegetative state" and has a degenerative neurological condition that doctors had been unable to diagnose definitively.

The justice also stated that it is "wrong to say that the parents' own views can trump that judicial determination". The parents want to move him to a hospital in Rome or Germany.


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