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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.
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.
Alfie's parents want to remove their son from Alder Hey hospital and take him to the Bambino Gesú hospital in Rome.
Supreme Court justices have been asked to consider the case of a 23-month-old boy at the centre of a life-support treatment battle for a second time.
Alfie Evans' parents, who live in Liverpool, are using a piece of ancient English common law during the latest stage of their fight for treatment.
Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, want to move their son from Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool to a hospital in Rome.
The couple say Italian doctors are willing to treat the little boy and an air ambulance is available.
They are now arguing that Alfie is being wrongly "detained" at Alder Hey and have made a habeas corpus application.
A writ of habeas corpus - Latin for "you may have the body" - is a legal manoeuvre which requires a court to examine the legality of a detention.
It is a piece of common law which probably dates back to Anglo-Saxon times.
A High Court judge and three Court of Appeal judges have dismissed their claim.
But a spokeswoman for the Supreme Court said the couple had asked justices to consider to examine their claim.
An Alder Hey spokesman said: "The Supreme Court will now consider the application for permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal. Our priority is to continue providing Alfie with the best care possible."
Alfie's parents have also called for an end to the protests outside Alder Hey Hospital.
"Can I ask that after tonight I would really appreciate if everyone has a break from the protesting please.
"Me and Kate are so so so grateful for all your time you have put into it and support we can not thank you enough.
"I will update you on where we go from here and if we get permission then that would be a good reason to demonstrate peacefully. "Me and Kate need to now focus on spending precious time with Alfie and focus on the next legal step, keeping the relationship with the staff at ease and peace and make sure no parents are being effected any more."
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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
Tom Evans - Alfie's father- gave this reaction outside the hospital tonight:
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.
The parents of a 23-month-old boy who has been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle have lost their latest legal fight.
A lawyer representing Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, on Monday returned to the Court of Appeal to ask judges to rule that Alfie Evans should be allowed to travel to a foreign hospital.
But Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan ruled against them after an appeal court hearing in London.
The couple, who are from Liverpool, had already lost fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.
Alfie's parents say "the state" is wrongly interfering with their parental choice. They want to move Alfie to a hospital in Rome.
Mr Justice Hayden said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless. Court of Appeal judges upheld his decisions. Supreme Court justices and European Court of Human Rights judges refused to intervene.
Last week, Mr Justice Hayden endorsed a detailed plan put forward by Alder Hey doctors for withdrawing life-support treatment, after considering a number of issues at a follow-up High Court hearing.
Barrister Paul Diamond, who represented Alfie's parents, on Monday asked the three appeal judges to overturn decisions made by Mr Justice Hayden last week.
Alfie's parents say their son has improved in recent weeks and had asked Mr Justice Hayden to allow a new assessment. Mr Hayden refused that request.
He said medical experts' unanimous view was that Alfie's brain had been eroded by disease and further assessment was pointless.
They also suggested that Alfie was being unlawfully detained at Alder Hey. The judge also dismissed that suggestion.
Appeal court officials said an appeal court judge had decided that Alfie should continue to receive treatment pending the outcome of Monday's Court of Appeal hearing.
Judges have heard that Alfie, born on May 9 2016, is in a "semi-vegetative state" and has a degenerative neurological condition.
As news from the court filtered through to Alfie's supporters at the hospital, tears mixed with anger and police officers fanned out around the crowd, who began a chant of "Save Alfie Evans!".
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