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Court ruling today on Alfie's life support at Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital

Alfie's parent will hear their son's fate today

A decision is due later on the appeal lodged by the parents of Alfie Evans against a ruling allowing the removal of his life support..

The little boy from Liverpool is seriously ill at Alder Hey Hospital.

A judge has already ruled that staff there could stop treating him.

His parents are at the appeal court in London to trying to overturn the decision

Parents of Alfie Evans at Appeal Court

The family of Alfie Evans, who's at the centre of a life-support battle - have been back in court today.

The 21 month old from Liverpool is seriously ill at Alder Hey Hospital.

A judge has already ruled that staff there could stop treating him.

But Alfie's mum and dad want to appeal against that ruling - they'll find out if they can next Tuesday.

Elaine Willcox has been following today's developments.


Court hears 'the state' is preventing Alfie Evans' parents making choice about treatement

Alfie and his parents

The parents of a brain-damaged boy at the centre of a life-support battle believe "the state" has wrongly prevented them from making a choice about treatment, appeal judges have been told.

A High Court judge has ruled that doctors can stop treating 21-month-old Alfie Evans, against the wishes of his parents, Kate James and Tom Evans.

Mr Justice Hayden, who analysed the case at hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London and Liverpool, said he accepted medical evidence which showed further treatment was futile.

Specialists at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool had asked Mr Justice Hayden to rule that life-support treatment could stop.

Alfie's parents, who are both in their 20s, have challenged Mr Justice Hayden's ruling and asked the Court of Appeal to consider the case.

Three appeal judges are analysing issues at a hearing in London.

Barrister Stephen Knafler QC, who is leading Alfie's parents' legal team, told appeal judges that that "the state" had interfered with "parental choice".

He said Alfie's parents wanted to move him to a hospital in Europe and Mr Justice Hayden's ruling had prevented them from doing that.

The state ... has interfered with parental choice in a fundamental way...

Whether you regard the state as the hospital or the court, the parents have a choice which they can implement.

The state, the hospital or the court, are prohibiting that.

– Barrister Stephen Knafler QC, legal representative of Alfie's parents

Alfie Evans: Date set for appeal against ending toddler's life support

The parents of a seriously ill toddler are to appeal against a High Court ruling allowing doctors to switch off his life support.

21-month-old Alfie Evans has an undiagnosed condition, and is in a vegetative state.

He's being cared for at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool - wh0 argued that continuing to treat him was "unkind, unfair and inhumane".

A High Court Judge agreed, "with great sadness" - but Alfie's family said they would continue to fight the decision.


Court of Appeal judges will hear a challenge to the ruling by Mr Justice Hayden in London on 1 March.

The judge said doctors should continue treating Alfie until appeal judges had made a decision.

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