Parents of Alfie Evans Launch Fresh Legal Challenge to Keep Son Alive

Victoria Friedman – April 15, 2018

The parents of toddler Alfie Evans have launched a fresh legal appeal to stop their son being taken off life support.

Thomas Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, will find out on Monday if the Appeals Court will overturn the High Court ruling and allow them to take their ill son to a hospital in Italy for treatment, reports The Mirror.

The 23-month-old has an undiagnosed degenerative brain condition and has been in care and on ventilation at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool since December 2016.

Though doctors at the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù children’s hospital in Rome said that they are unable to cure Alfie, they can undertake operations to help him breathe and eat which would allow him to live for an “undefined period”.

After the High Court judge upheld his original December 2017 ruling that backed Alder Hey doctors in their decision to switch off the toddler’s life support, on Thursday night, supporters gathered at the hospital to protest.