US News Alfie Evans’ parents prepare for new High Court fight

10:06  11 april  2018
10:06  11 april  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

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The parents of a brain-damaged boy are preparing to appeal after losing a life-support treatment battle in the High Court . A judge last month ruled that doctors could stop treating 21-month-old Alfie Evans against the wishes of his parents Kate James and Tom Evans , who are in their 20s.

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Tom Evans and Kate James want life-support treatment to continue (Philip Toscano/PA): Alfie Evans court case © Provided by The Press Association Alfie Evans court case

The parents of a 23-month-old boy who has been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle are preparing to return to court.

Tom Evans and Kate James, who are in their 20s and from Liverpool, have lost fights over their son Alfie Evans in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

In February, a High Court judge ruled that doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents.

The couple appealed but failed to overturn Mr Justice Hayden’s decision.

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Mr Justice Hayden is listed to analyse further issues at a follow-up hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London on Wednesday.

Tom Evans, the father of brain-damaged Alfie Evans, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, London, where he appealed against a High Court decision that doctors could stop providing life-support treatment to him.: Alfie Evans court case © Provided by The Press Association Alfie Evans court case Bosses at a group which fights for Christians’ rights say they are helping Alfie’s parents.

A spokeswoman for the Christian Legal Centre said a lawyer who represented the group would help the couple at the hearing.

She said barrister Paul Diamond would argue that Alfie’s parents had seen their son’s condition “improve significantly” since February and would ask the judge to allow an independent neurologist to examine Alfie and provide an up-to-date opinion.

Last week bosses at Alder Hey said they had been unable to reach agreement with Alfie’s parents about exactly when treatment should stop.

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Alfie Evans 's parents Tom and Kate arrived at the High Court in London this afternoon (left) and hours later his father said his son has been given the death penalty (right). Tom Evans , 21, vowed that he will not stop fighting for his son outside the High Court today.

The parents of a brain-damaged boy are preparing to appeal after losing a life-support treatment battle in the High Court . A judge last month ruled that doctors could stop treating 21-month-old Alfie Evans against the wishes of his parents Kate James and Tom Evans , who are in their 20s.

Undated family handout photo taken with with permission from the Alfies Army Official Facebook page (PA) © Provided by The Press Association Undated family handout photo taken with with permission from the Alfies Army Official Facebook page (PA) They said they would ask the judge for “guidance” on the issue.

Judges have heard that Alfie, who was born on May 9 2016, is in a “semi-vegetative state” and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors had not definitively diagnosed.

Mr Justice Hayden had analysed the case at hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London and Liverpool.

Specialists at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool said life-support treatment should stop and Mr Justice Hayden said he accepted medical evidence which showed that further treatment was futile.

Tom Evans (centre) the partner of Kate James, the parents of 20-month-old son Alfie Evans, outside Liverpool Civil and Family Court during a hearing related to their dispute with medics looking after their son Alfie at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.: Alfie Evans court case © Provided by The Press Association Alfie Evans court case Court of Appeal judges upheld his ruling.

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

The couple have complained that “the state” is wrongly interfering with their parental choice.

They want to move Alfie to a hospital in Rome or Germany.

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The parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans have lost a second appeal request for the Supreme Court to hear their case. Tom Evans and Kate James, who are both in their early 20s, made another application to the Supreme Court after losing a second fight at the Court of Appeal.But justices dismissed their application after judges approved a plan for withdrawing treatment and bringing Alfie's life to an end.The justices, giving reasons for their decision, said it was a "desperately sad case". © Press Association Tom Evans, the father of Alfie Evans, speaks outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

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