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Alfie Evans: Parents and doctors to discuss sending toddler home

The father of Alfie Evans says his son has now survived for 3 days without ventilation.

The 23 month old's life support was withdrawn on Monday.

Tom Evans wants his son to be allowed home. He told reporters he's meeting officials at Liverpool's Alder Hey hospital later to discuss that possibility:

As I sit by Alfie's bedside, every second of every day, it encourages me more and more that Alfie will live.

Alfie lives comfortably, happily, without ventilation. That must be enough for you now to consider that Alfie may prove you wrong.

– Tom Evans

Lawyers representing Alder Hey Hospital bosses said the fact that he had continued to breathe unaided might have surprised members of the public but had not surprised specialists.

Barrister Michael Mylonas QC, who led Alder Hey's legal team, said it had never been suggested that Alfie would die as soon as life-support treatment stopped.

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Alfie Evans: German air ambulance staff escorted from hospital by police

Police have been in place at Alder Hey for the last week Credit: PA Images

Two people believed to be German air ambulance staff have been escorted from Alder Hey Children's Hospital as the family of Alfie Evans appeal against a court decision preventing him from being taken abroad.

The terminally ill 23-month-old had his life support withdrawn on Monday night but his father Tom has said he is still "fighting".

On Wednesday afternoon a man and woman believed to be from a German air ambulance crew were escorted from the Liverpool hospital by police and security staff after being seen speaking to members of the Evans family.

A judge has ruled that Alfie will not be allowed to be taken abroad for treatment, but Mr Evans and Alfie's mother Kate James are challenging the decision in the Court of Appeal.

Calls were made on the Alfie's Army Facebook page earlier on Wednesday for ventilation equipment to be brought to the hospital.

Supporters were later seen running into the hospital with what appeared to be medical equipment.

Police remained in and around the building throughout the day and 20 to 30 supporters of the family were outside, with some parked in cars across the road.

A hospital spokesman said patients may notice enhanced security but should attend appointments as normal.

A dedicated helpline has been set up for patients due to attend appointments in the next few days. Anyone with concerns can call 0151 2824919

Credit: PA Images

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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
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