Parents of Alfie Evans await court decision amid Alder Hey protests
Court of appeal Parents of Alfie Evans await court decision amid Alder Hey protests
Ruling imminent on whether child can receive treatment abroad for degenerative brain disease
The parents of a 23-month-old boy at the centre of a life-support treatment battle are waiting to hear whether they have won their latest legal fight, as supporters gathered outside the hospital where he is being treated.
Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, asked court of appeal judges on Monday to allow their son, Alfie Evans, to receive treatment abroad.
The couple, from Liverpool, have already lost cases in the high court, court of appeal, supreme court and European court of human rights.
Three appeal judges have analysed arguments at a hearing in London and are scheduled to deliver a ruling at 3.30pm on Monday.
The latest challenge came as the hospital â" where Alfie is being treated for a rare degenerative brain disease â" said it had employed extra security personnel because of demonstrations in support of the toddlerâs parents.
Evans has said doctors at Alder Hey childrenâs hospital in Liverpool refused to let him remove Alfie from the premises. The parents want to move him to a hospital in Rome or Germany.
Alder Hey said noise from protesters outside the hospital on Sunday night had disturbed other young patients.
âWe would ask that noise levels outside the hospital are kept to a minimum and for example car horns are not sounded,â it said in a statement. âLoud and constant noise, such as from car horns, affects sleep and raises anxiety levels for our patients, especially when recovering from procedures, so please bear them in mind.â
Shortly after the statement, Evans posted a video on Facebook of Alfieâs hospital room, from which he said patients could only hear the noise outside if the window was opened. Car horns and cheering could be heard when Evans did so.
Alder Hey advised visitors that there would be more security inside the hospi tal âand a more controlled approach to access to certain areasâ.
Last week, the high court judge Mr Justice Hayden endorsed a detailed plan put forward by Alder Hey doctors for withdrawing life-support treatment.
He said details of that plan could not be revealed because Alfie was entitled to privacy at the end of his life.
The Christian Legal Centre, a group that fights for Christiansâ rights and is helping Alfieâs parents, said appeal court judges would be asked to overturn at least one decision made by Hayden last week.
Last week, Alfieâs parents said their son had improved in recent weeks and they had asked Hayden to allow a new assessment, but he refused. The judge said the unanimous view of medical experts was that Alfieâs brain had been eroded by disease and further assessment was pointless. The childâs parents also suggested that Alfie was being unlawfully detained at Alder Hey, but the judge dismissed that suggestion.
Appeal court officials said an appeal court judge had decided that Alfie should continue to receive treatment pending the outcome of the hearing that begins on Monday.
Judges have heard that Alfie is in a âsemi-vegetative stateâ and has a degenerative neurological condition that doctors had been unable to diagnose definitively.Topics
- Court of appeal
- Child protection
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