A British judge rejected a desperate family’s plea to transport their ill child to Italy for treatment, telling the parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans that his Tuesday ruling “represents the final chapter in the life of this extraordinary little boy.”
Evans’ parents, Tom and Kate Evans, have fought long and hard for many months to prevent his life support from being turned off, and even Pope Francis and Italian authorities intervened to help the toddler with a degenerative neurological condition. The parents sought to bring Evans to the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital for treatment, but the current hospital refused to grant the transfer. . .
Evans claims hospital staff haven’t allowed the boy to eat any food in almost 24 hours, and he’s worried they’ll starve the child. He says the hospital claims it would take three days to discharge the boy.
Before Tuesday’s emergency ruling, the U.K. Supreme Court had ruled that the child should remain at the hospital. The family’s appeal was rejected as “inadmissible” by the European Court of Human Rights.
While medical professionals have been unable to identify Evans’ exact brain condition, they said he remains in a “semi-vegetative state.” Evans is currently at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, and several court rulings have blocked the parents from moving their child. (Read more from “Emotionless Judge Ignores Pope, Blocks Parent from Taking Sick Baby to Vatican Hospital” HERE)