Tom Evans: “My son is still ALIVE AFTER OVER 10 horrendous scary heartbreaking hours. Pray for him.”

By Dave Andrusko

via Alfie’s Army Facebook page

As we posted earlier, Alfie Evans’ family was scheduled to meet with trial Judge Mr. Justice Hayden at 3:30 pm London time to request once again that they be allowed to transfer their critical ill 23-month-old son to a hospital in Rome.

The Daily Mail posted

Alfie’s barrister will ask the judge to lift the court order stopping him leaving Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool so he can travel to the Pope’s hospital in Rome for care because he is still breathing without a ventilator.

The Italian defense ministry has a plane ready to transport Alfie to Italy and Christian Concern, the pro-life organisation backing the little boy, say an air ambulance is also ‘on hand’ to take him to Rome.

Today the head of the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital, Mariella Enoc, said she spoke to the Italian ambassador in London who said their plane could leave with him in a matter of minutes.

His mother Kate James has posted harrowing images of the two-year-old surviving in her arms in his hospital bed today.

Why would there be any reason to think Judge Hayden would re-think his firm opposition to transporting Alfie to the Vatican-affiliated Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome? Because Alfie has bravely defied predictions that he would die quickly.

Indeed, the Liverpool Echo reported at the hearing before Judge Hayden

One doctor (who cannot be named for legal reasons) said Alfie may only be able to muster just a handful of breaths and survive just a few minutes if ventilation were completely stopped.

Mr. Justice Hayden had asked her if it could be a matter of minutes, before telling the court: “What is contemplated is a death that could be quite quick.”

He was taken off the ventilator at 9pm Monday night, London time and as of11:40 Eastern Standard Time, Alfie was still breathing.

Alfie’s father, Tom Evans, said Alder Hey Children’s Hospital initially denied his son food and water, but at some point Alfie began to receive water and oxygen, according to a post from his mother, Kate James!

In a Facebook message posted at 8am, Tom told supporters, ‘My son is still ALIVE AFTER OVER 10 horrendous scary heartbreaking hours. Pray for him.’

Last night, Tom Evans Facebooked a mantra that he repeated over and over: Alfie is “Sustaining his life since 17 minutes past nine. Needing oxygen but the hospital won’t give him any.”

“Sustaining his life since 17 minutes past nine. Needing oxygen but the hospital won’t give him any.”

“Sustaining his life since 17 minutes past nine. Needing oxygen but the hospital won’t give him any.”

To listen was almost too much to bear. Even the most faithful members of “Alfie’s Army” must have anticipated a swift—or not so swift and also painful—death.

Not so. It is just the latest seismic disconnect between the hospital and the judiciary on one side and Tom Evans and Kate James on the other side.

Over and over again, Tom and Kate talked about their son gaining weight; about his responsiveness; and without diminishing in the slightest the gravity of his degenerative brain disease, how well Alfie was doing. In one Facebook post, Tom wrote

HES HEALTHY!
HES CONTENT!
HES UNDIAGNOSED!
HES GROWING!
HES GAINING WEIGHT!
HE RESPONDS!
HE CAN HEAR!
HE CAN FEEL!
HE HAS RIGHTS TO LIVE!!!!!

Over and over again the hospital insisted (and the judiciary concurred) that Alfie’s condition was terminal, that he had no “quality of life,” and that keeping him alive (aka maintaining Alfie on the ventilator) would “compromise his future dignity,” in Judge Hayden’s memorable phrase.

The absurdity reached new heights (or lows) at the Supreme Court. According to the Liverpool Echo [www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/latest-alfie-evans-appeal-rejected-14552102], Lady Justice King, one of the three judges, asked

if Alfie’s parents desired option–a tracheotomy and gastrostomy procedure and transfer to a hospital abroad– could actually risk “significant harm”.

She said: “He might die on the table – an undignified, unplanned death.”

Somehow dying from a lack of oxygen was not undignified, presumably because it was a “planned” death.

Alfie had other ideas.

NRL News Today will keep you posted.