Alfie Evans: parents' legal battle to keep son on life support

The parents of a seriously ill little boy from Liverpool are fighting a court ruling allowing medics to withdraw his life support.

23-month-old Alfie Evans has constant seizures. His parents want to take him to Rome for treatment - but doctors say it's not in his best interests.

His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, have lost legal cases over their son in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

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Alfie Evans: Alder Hey say end of life care plan is in 'best interests' of toddler

The hospital caring for Alfie Evans say that the end of life care plan is in the toddler's 'best interests'

The hospital caring for Alfie Evans have said that end of life care is in the toddler's 'best interests'.

Alder Hey Children's Hospital released the statement following the High Court's ruling that the 23-month-old can not go to Italy for treatment.

This evening the High Court again ruled that it is in Alfie’s best interests to continue with the end of life care plan developed by the clinical team who have cared for him throughout.

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.

We would be grateful if respect and consideration is shown to all our staff, patients and families at the hospital at this difficult time.

– Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Alfie Evans: latest statement from Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Alfie Evans is breathing independently after his life support was withdrawn Credit: Family picture

The hospital caring for a toddler at the centre of a life-support treatment legal battle have urged people not to try to contact hospital staff seeking updates on his condition.

Alfie Evans has an undiagnosed neurological condition. His father says the life support was withdrawn last night - but that the 23 month old was breathing unassisted and oxygen was resumed.

The hospital says they cannot comment on his condition as part of their "normal and agreed practice with all our patients".

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Alfie Evans: father says toddler 'breathing for 9 hours' despite life support being turned off

Alfie Evans breathing independently after his life support was withdrawn Credit: Family picture

The father of Alfie Evans says the toddler at the centre of a life support legal battle has been breathing on his own for nine hours.

Tom Evans say Alfie's life support was turned off last night, but oxygen supply has been resumed.

The 23 month old from Liverpool has an undiagnosed brain condition. His parents wanted to send him to Rome for treatment.

ITV News is awaiting comment from Alder Hey Hospital.

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Alfie Evans: Granted Italian citizenship in hopes of treatment in Rome

Terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans has been granted Italian citizenship

Terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans has been granted Italian citizenship.

The Italian Foreign Office confirmed in a statement on its website that they have officially granted the 23-month-old citizenship.

It comes as the European Court of Human Rights rejected the toddler's parents' pleas to intervene in the life support battle.

It's in hope that Alfie can he be taken to a hospital in Rome for treatment.

The father of Alfie last week met the Pope who backed his support for treatment for the toddler.

Alfie's father Tom previously met with the Pope to appeal for help
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