Alfie Evans REFUSED treatment in Italy after judge blocks final legal fight

Mr Justice Hayden said: "This represents the final chapter in the case of this extraordinary little boy".

The family's hopes of Alfie being treated in Rome were raised last week when Evans, 21, met the Pope, who expressed support for the couple.

One of the clinicians at Alder Hey hospital said that moving Alfie can not take place for a few days at the earliest and that the hostility that they are facing from protesters - some of whom tried to storm the hospital on Monday - promises to make moving him hard.

'The judges in Your Majesty's Court have given orders: to kill Alfie on an appointed hour at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool by withdrawing his life support.

Parents Tom Evans and Kate James won support from the Pope and the Italian ambassador after doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital chose to withdraw Alfie's life support. Our top priority therefore remains in ensuring Alfie receives the care he deserves to ensure his comfort, dignity and privacy are maintained throughout.

Alfie is a 23-month-old toddler who is in what physicians have described as a "semi-vegetative state" due to a mysterious degenerative neurological condition that doctors at Alder Hey Hospital have not been able to properly diagnose.

But at the end of an emotional three hour hearing in Manchester on Tuesday afternoon Mr Justice Hayden ordered the parents to work with doctors to move Alfie off intensive care and on to palliative care.

"The brain can not regenerate itself and there is virtually nothing of his brain left".

"If there were a more constructive attitude from the family might other options become possible, away from Alder Hey?" "I'm not suggesting this, I don't want it to be taken as an indication from me".

It argued: "It is unconscionable and a shock to the world that you are disrespecting the rights and wishes of Alfie's loving parents, and denying Alfie his rightful chance at life".

But a doctor treating Alfie, who can not be named for legal reasons and appeared in court in medical scrubs, said that would require a "sea change" in the attitude of Alfie's family. In an interview with Italian Radio 24, Mariella Enoc, who travelled to Liverpool to personally try to intervene on behalf of the parents, said she spoke to the Italian ambassador in London who said the plane could leave with him in a matter of minutes.

Earlier in the day, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs granted the toddler Italian citizenship, hoping it would allow him an "immediate transfer to Italy".

A spokeswoman for the Christian Legal Centre, which is assisting them, said an air ambulance was "waiting outside Alder Hey Hospital ready to take Alfie to hospital in Italy".

Mr Diamond said the child had been breathing unaided for 19 hours.

"It's come to a point when his mum's actually asleep next to him so she can go to sleep, she feels comfortable with him".

Alfie Evans was born a healthy normal little boy in May 2016. "The parents can't take a child to the hospital and then not be allowed to access another option for treatment".

He is now being hydrated and given oxygen to stop him becoming distressed.


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