Parents of Alfie Evans Launch Fresh Legal Challenge to Keep Son Alive

LIVERPOOL ENGLAND- APRIL 13 Tom Evans the father of terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans holds up a court order as he speaks to the media outside Alder Hey Hospital where Alfie is being cared for

Tom Evans and Kate James, the parents of the critically ill child Alfie Evans, filed a last-minute appeal on April 12 to try to save Alfie's life by having him treated at a foreign hospital after Justice Anthony Hayden of the U.K. High Court ruled that he should be taken off life support by April 13.

20-month-old Alfie Evans has constant seizures.

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On 28 March judges at the European Court of Human Rights rejected a bid from Mr Evans and Ms James to examine issues relating to Alfie's future, ruling there was no appearance of any human rights violation.

Alfie's case was back in court today after his parents unsuccessfully attempted last week to remove their baby from Alder Hey children's hospital and transfer him to a healthcare facility in Italy.

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

"Their views and rights do not take precedence and do not give them the choice to make the decisions regarding Alfie", he stated.

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Their case is being heard by three appeal court judges in London.

The hearing resumed on 1 February at the High Court in Liverpool, in which lawyers acting for the hospital claimed further treatment for Alfie was futile and inhumane. Moylan, however, disagreed on the basis that the court had already decided that it was in Alfie's best interest to remain at Alder Hey hospital. "It is precisely because of this judicial determination that Aflie has been kept in Alder Hey Hospital", he said. Courts have refused to allow the parents to determine what is in Alfie's best interest.

Alfie's parents made one last legal attempt to wrest control over the treatment of their son at the Court of Appeal.

Diamond said he will file an appeal with the Supreme Court by Tuesday afternoon, The Liverpool Echo reported.

"We fully understand what a sensitive and emotional time this is for everyone involved and I would also therefore like to pass on our appreciation for the way in which Alfie's family were later able to speak to the crowd and offer assurance and calm".

Justice Moylan denied permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. Supporters have since demonstrated outside the hospital and bosses have pleaded with those assembled not to disturb staff or patients.

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