Court refuses to allow Alfie Evans to travel abroad for treatment
A court has prevented the parents of Alfie Evans from taking him abroad for treatment.
The boy, who is 23-months-old, has a rare and degenerative brain disease, which means he is currently on life-support at Liverpool’s Alder Hey children’s hospital. His parents wanted to take him to a hospital in Rome for treatment, but this has been refused by the Court of Appeal.
The judgement follows similar rulings in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
Due to his ‘semi-vegetative state’, doctors have said that further treatment on Alfie would have no effect and have put forward a detailed plan for the withdrawal of life support. This plan was upheld by the three appeal judges.
Claims that the child’s condition had improved in recent weeks were dismissed by High Court judge, Mr Justice Hayden, who refused the right for a new assessment to take place. He said that it was unanimous among medical experts that Alfie’s brain had been “eroded” by the disease, making further assessments futile.
All this has taken place against a backdrop of protests outside Alder Hey, which have led to the Liverpool hospital bolstering security, due to the noise disturbing other patients. In a statement, Alder Hey said: “We would ask that noise levels outside the hospital are kept to a minimum and car horns are not sounded.
“Loud 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.”
The barrister representing the parents of Alfie Evans has said they are considering a further appeal to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the boy’s treatment is set to continue, pending a final decision.