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Alfie Evans' parents to appeal against Italy travel ban ruling

23 month old Alfie Evans has a degenerative brain condition and is being cared for at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. Photo: Family

The parents of seriously ill toddler whose been at the centre of a life support treatment battle will challenge a High Court ruling preventing them from taking him to Italy for further treatment.

23 month old Alfie Evans has a degenerative brain condition and is being cared for at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

His life support was withdrawn on Monday after the court ruled medics could end his care. He is currently being hydrated and given oxygen to stop him becoming distressed.

Alfie's parents want to take him to Rome for treatment in a Vatican-linked hospital. On Tuesday a High Court judge ruled that the family could not take him abroad for further treatment, but that he may be allowed home.

Alfie's parents have been fighting for the legal right to take him abroad for treatment.

Mr Justice Hayden said: "This represents the final chapter in the case of this extraordinary little boy."

During another three-hour hearing on Tuesday at the Family Division of the High Court sitting in Manchester, Paul Diamond, from the Christian Legal Centre representing the parents, suggested the alleged change in the position meant the court should reconsider its decision on allowing Alfie to travel abroad.

He handed the court a witness statement from Mr Evans in which he suggested his son's health was "significantly better" than first thought since life support was withdrawn on Monday.

But Mr Justice Hayden said in his ruling: "The sad truth is that it is not.

"With little, indeed no hesitation, I reject that.

The brain cannot regenerate itself and there is virtually nothing of his brain left.

– Mr Justice Hayden
Alfie's father Tom travelled to Rome to appeal to the Pope.

The judge said Alfie's continued life was a "shaft of light" and a "special opportunity" for his parents to spend time with him - not the time for more legal manoeuvres.

He also praised the hospital's "world class" care of the child.

Following the court hearing, a hospital spokesman said: "Our top priority therefore remains in ensuring Alfie receives the care he deserves to ensure his comfort, dignity and privacy are maintained throughout. This includes working closely with Kate and Tom as they spend this precious time together with him."

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