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Tom Evans: Italian hospital ready to treat Alfie

Tom Evans arrives into Manchester after an audience with the Pope Credit: ITV News

Alfie Evan's father says a hospital in Rome is ready to care for his son. It comes after Tom Evans flew to the Vatican for a private audience with the Pope.

He begged the head of the Catholic church to save his son. Following the meeting, the Pope led crowds in silent prayer for Alfie.

Tom Evans meets the Pope at the Vatican

Speaking after landing back into Manchester Airport on Thursday afternoon, Mr Evans said he had met with hospital staff at the Bambino Gesú hospital in Rome.

The Pope's stated that he wants Alfie in his country, and the president of Bambino Gesú said they'd have him. She's willing to come over and testify in the court.

I've met the team twice; I've got a personal letter handed to me on behalf of the Pope and the president of the hospital showing how much sympathy they've got.

– Tom Evans

Supporters were waiting for Mr Evans' arrival back from the Vatican at Manchester Airport.

Tom Evans speaks to supporters after arriving back from Rome Credit: ITV News

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

Doctors at Alder Hey Hospital say continuing Alfie's treatment would be inhumane, and ultimately prove futile.

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