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Alfie Evans' father meets the Pope to ask for his help

The father of Alfie Evans has met the Pope and begged him to save his son. Tom Evans flew to the Vatican for an audience with the head of the Catholic Church.

After their meeting, the Pope led crowds in silent prayer for Alfie. The little boy's parents want him to be moved to a hospital in Rome, after losing their latest appeal for his treatment to continue at Alder Hey.

Doctors there say continuing treatment is inhumane and futile.

Andy Bonner has the details.

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Alfie's dad meets the Pope to appeal for help

Tom Evans meets the Pope at the Vatican

Alfie Evans' dad Tom has met the Pope in the Vatican asking him to help keep his son alive.

The Supreme Court is currently considering a 2nd application by his family to appeal the decision to withdraw Alfie's life support.

Tom Evans meets the Pope at the Vatican
Alfie with his parents Tom Evans and Kate James

Alfie's parents want to remove their son from Alder Hey hospital and take him to the Bambino Gesú hospital in Rome.

Alfie Evans: new statement from Alder Hey Hospital

Statement from Alder Hey Hospital:

"Alfie’s parents brought an application before the Court of Appeal claiming that he was unlawfully detained. They also claimed that despite the unanimous medical evidence and the extensive findings of the Court in previous decisions about Alfie’s best interests, they should be able to choose to take him abroad even though that was expressly not in his best interests.

The Court of Appeal dismissed those applications. Mr Justice Hayden had previously said that the application alleging Alfie was unlawfully detained was entirely misconceived. The Court of Appeal agreed.

Our priority is to continue to provide the best possible care for Alfie and his parents at this difficult time.

Following receipt of the decision Mr Evans has raised criticisms of the treatment Alfie has received. We refute those criticisms entirely. Both Mr Justice Hayden and the Court of Appeal have commented earlier about the very high standard of treatment provided by the team at Alder Hey. Those comments were echoed by the Court of Appeal in handing down judgment today. Experts instructed by the family have also praised the treatment provided by the team here.

We trust that the public and supporters of Alfie’s parents will read in detail the decision of the Court of Appeal following today’s hearing. It will assist all those who are concerned for Alfie and interested in his treatment to read in detail the decisions of the Court that summarise the evidence and applicable law.

We hope that staff will be allowed to continue caring for Alfie and all other children at Alder Hey without interference or disturbance.

We would like to re-assure patients and families that Alder Hey remains fully operational with A&E open for urgent and emergency care as usual. Patients should attend their appointments as scheduled."

Statement from Alder Hey NHS Foundation Trust

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Parents of Alfie Evans may go back to Supreme Court

The parents of a 23-month-old boy at the centre of a life-support treatment battle might ask the Supreme Court to consider their case for a second time.

Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, on Monday lost a second fight over Alfie Evans in the Court of Appeal.

A lawyer representing the couple had asked appeal judges to rule that Alfie should be allowed to travel to a foreign hospital.

Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan ruled against them after an appeal court hearing in London.

Barrister Paul Diamond said the couple might make a further appeal to the Supreme Court.

Appeal court judges said doctors should continue treating Alfie pending a Supreme Court decision.

Credit: Family
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