Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Alfie Evans - Court of Appeal rules AGAINST further treatment

Alfie Evans - Court of Appeal rules AGAINST further treatment

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said he strongly hoped there could be an opening of dialogue and collaboration between Alfie's parents and hospital officials so that "together they may seek the integral well-being of Alfie and caring for his life will not be reduced to a legal controversy". He argued that it was a deprivation of Alfie's liberty in not letting him travel to a different hospital.

Lord Justice Moylan said that it was wrong for Alfie's parents to say that their own views trumped the best interests of the child.

The 23-month-old is now at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool where doctors have said his condition is untreatable. The hearing was conducted in the Court of Justice in Westminster before Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan.

They also suggested that Alfie was being unlawfully detained at Alder Hey.

Last week, a judge decided it was in the best interests of Alfie for his life support to be switched off.

Lord Justice Hayden had previously ruled that "it was not in Alfie's best interests to continue ventilation, that he should only receive palliative care, and that it should be carried out by Alder Hey", stated Justice Moylan, as reported by Liverpool Echo.

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The parents do, however, have the right to directly ask the Supreme Court for permission to appeal. The decision was delivered today at the Court of Justice at about 4:20 PM London time.

The Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights upheld that decision. Moylan said that Stroilov was "a man, not a lawyer" and that his legal advice was false since previous court rulings established that Alfie should remain in the hospital and that his parent's wishes did not take precedence.

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In February, Mr. Justice Hayden of the High Court ruled that whatever was causing Alfie's condition, the damage to the toddler's brain was so severe that it was in his best interest to be taken off life support. Moylan also said that some of the protesters had entered the intensive care unit.

As for Alfie's future prospects, staff at Bambino Gesu have offered to perform a tracheotomy to improve his aided breathing and a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy so that he can be fed through his stomach.

He said medical experts' unanimous view was that Alfie's brain had been eroded by disease and further assessment was pointless. "He has been treated in Alder Hey since 2015".

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