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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Judge says hospital can stop providing life-support treatment to Alfie Evans

Alfie's parents arrive at court Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images

The parents of a seriously ill little boy from Liverpool have lost a life support treatment fight with doctors.

Specialists at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool had asked a High Court judge to allow them to stop providing life support treatment to 21-month-old Alfie Evans.

Alfie's parents Kate James and Tom Evans, who are both in their 20s, wanted treatment to continue.

Alfie Evans

Mr Justice Hayden on Tuesday ruled in favour of hospital bosses after analysing the dispute at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in Liverpool earlier this month.

He had heard that Alfie, who was born on May 9 2016, was in a "semi-vegetative state" and had a degenerative neurological condition doctors had not definitively diagnosed.

Doctors said continuing to provide life support treatment was "unkind, unfair and inhumane".

Alfie's parents believe that he responds to them.

The judge had visited Alfie in hospital and has praised his parents.

He said they had tried to explore every avenue and leave no stone unturned.

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