Court of Appeal again turns down Alfie Evans’ parents request to take him to Italian hospital

Seriously ill toddler has been without food since Monday night

By Dave Andrusko

From the Facebook page of Alfie’s Army

A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal this afternoon rejected a challenge brought by the parents of Alfie Evans to a decision rendered by Mr. Justice Hayden that Tom Evans and Kate James may not transfer their very ill toddler to a hospital in Italy. The couple brought complementary legal challenges and Lord Justice McFarlane rejected them both.

According to The Mirror, McFarlane “pointed out during the hearing that ‘the only determining factor is the best interests’ of the little boy, adding: ‘What rights others have, particularly the parents, falls into a subsidiary category…’”

Of course the parents ask how can allowing Alfie to go without food since Monday night, or taking him off his ventilator assuming he would “die quickly,” possibly be in his “best interest”?

Speaking earlier Wednesday, Mr. Evans told the Liverpool Echo that he was “still adamant that it was in his son’s best interests to be transferred to an Italian hospital.”

“Get him to Italy and we’ll come back with him in a better condition than he’s in now and I know they’re not going to do that.

“They’re not going to give him that chance.

“So I’m going to have to fight, legally, for that chance. I will all the way.”

Mr. Evans told reporters Alfie was “still fighting.” His breathing improved when he was disconnected from the ventilator, which took place a little after 9pm Monday night—now more than two days ago. Mr. Evans said

“I believe that ventilator was suppressing the breathing with the drugs.

“We have Alfie stable and ready to go. No sign of deterioration, no sigh of oxygen loss. No sign of suffocation or anything like that.

“He’s stable, he’s breathing, he’s receiving water and some treatment and he’s receiving his oxygen which is the most important thing.”

According to the Mirror

“He’s comfortable, content, fighting–the three words I’ve used all the way through this case,” said the dad, standing outside Alder Hey.

“He’s more comfortable now he’s got no tube and he’s breathing for himself.

“I don’t want to be big-headed and say ‘I told you so’ but we had to fight hard against this to say ‘remove the drugs, remove the machine’ and he’s doing it now.

“He ain’t showing no sign of suffering or that he needs support or anything.”

Apparently positive about his son’s condition, he added: “The nurses have been coming in to review him and they’re happy he looks comfortable.

“He looks chilled. And that’s what’s the most important thing right now.”

An important related issue, and illustrative of so much of what the parents have had to endure, is that while ruling out a plea to fly Alfie to Gesu Hospital in Italy, Judge Hayden on Tuesday “urged British doctors to consider letting the tot go home.” However, as Emilia Bona and Connor Dunn reported for the Echo,

But a doctor treating Alfie, who cannot 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 abroad.

As NRL News Today has reported previously, on Monday the Italian ambassador granted Alfie citizenship of Italy so that he could be taken to Rome for treatment. In a tweet Pope Francis renewed his appeal to the UK to allow Alfie’s family to fly to Rome to seek new treatments.

Moved by the prayers and immense solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted.

NRL News Today will continue to update you on Alfie’s condition.