Life support 'withdrawn' from ill toddler Alfie Evans after parents lose appeal

Life support 'withdrawn' from ill toddler Alfie Evans after parents lose appeal

Life support 'withdrawn' from ill toddler Alfie Evans after parents lose appeal

A High Court judge rejected new arguments heard via telephone link on Monday night.

(Screenshot: 5 News via Alfies Army Official Facebook) UK baby Alfie Evans in an undated video with his parents coating his lips with chocolate.

'[Alfie] is now on oxygen. "It's not changing his breathing but it's oxygenating his body", he added.

Alfie's case has received worldwide attention, with Italy granting the child citizenship on Monday in an attempt to limit the British courts' legislation over the case and take the child to the Catholic Church-run Bambino Gesù pediatric hospital in Rome. Doctors don't recommend that treatment is stopped just for their own amusement.

Justices at Britain's Supreme Court last week upheld a lower court's conclusion that it would be pointless to fly the boy to Rome for treatment.

But Mr Justice Hayden said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless.

In the meantime, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano and Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti granted citizenship to Evans, in hopes that being an Italian citizen will allow the infant to be transferred to Italy immediately. The meeting was to decide if Alfie could leave for Italy, now that he is an Italian citizen.

The couple from Liverpool want to move their son from Alder Hey Children's Hospital to Rome where they say doctors are willing to treat the little boy.

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Barrister Paul Diamond, of the Christian Legal Centre, argued for more time because the Italian government wanted to intervene.

'Alfie is a British citizen, he is undoubtedly habitually resident in the United Kingdom, ' he said. They had already lost one round of fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the ECHR. The demonstration then retreated and began to chant "Save Alfie Evans".

'I feel totally impotent.

"I want to reiterate and strongly confirm that the only master of life, from the beginning to its natural end, is God, and our duty is to do everything to protect life", Pope Francis said at his weekly audience the same day.

The tragic case has attracted worldwide attention and Sir Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough and a Catholic, said the foreign office "must act quickly and let Alfie live". - On Monday a hospitalized British child at the center of a heated legal battle was granted Italian citizenship, part of an effort to delay shutting off his life-support, and to transfer him to a Roman hospital for additional treatment and medical evaluation.

In February, a High Court judge ruled that doctors at Alder Hey could stop treating the youngster against the wishes of his parents.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: "Alfie Evan's family are going through an exceptionally hard time and our thoughts are with them".

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