UK Appeals Court Rules Against Parents of Toddler on Life Support

UK Appeals Court Rules Against Parents of Toddler on Life Support

The parents of a 23-month-old boy who has been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle have lost their latest legal fight.

Judges have heard that Alfie, born on May 9 2016, is in a "semi-vegetative state" and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors had not definitively diagnosed. "They should forfeit ability to dictate Alfie's best interests.not terminate his life due to their failures to diagnose him and treat him effectively".

The U.K. High Court, appeals courts, and the European Court of Human Rights have all sided with the decision of hospital staff that continued treatment for Alfie would be futile and that his best interest is to die.

Like any parent of a very sick child, Alfie's parents want to be able to spend as much time with him as possible while he's in the hospital - especially with a protracted legal battle that could result in yanking his life support and ending his life at any time.

It comes as about 50 friends were filmed standing outside Alder Hey hospital this evening in protest at a judges ruling in favour of switching off the child's life support.

Lawyers argue parents Tom and Kate should have the final decision over his fate, as they look to move the boy to Rome or Munich for specialist treatment.

Their attempt to take the case back to the Supreme Court was rejected by three Court of Appeal judges.

Lord Justice Moylan said that when there's a disagreement between the parents' wishes and the best interests of the child, the latter must prevail, LifeSiteNews reported.

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The letter also said that "due to the seriousness of the events" last night, only Mr Evans and Alfie's mother Kate James, along with two other named family members', were allowed to visit the toddler.

After the High Court judge upheld his original December 2017 ruling that backed Alder Hey doctors in their decision to switch off the toddler's life support, on Thursday night, supporters gathered at the hospital to protest.

He then alleged the hospital called the police to prevent him removing his son, with officers allegedly telling him he would be "arrested for assault" if he attempted to remove Alfie. Diamond indicated that he would make a direct appeal to the Supreme Court by 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

Last week, Alfie's parents said their son had improved in recent weeks and they had asked Hayden to allow a new assessment, but he refused.

Protestors converging outside the West Derby hospital have been urged to be mindful of other patients amid concerns about their behaviour.

Hayden said details of that plan could not be revealed because Alfie was entitled to privacy at the end of his life.

He said medical experts' unanimous view was that Alfie's brain had been eroded by disease and further assessment was pointless.

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