Judge in Alfie Evans case asks doctors about 'other options'
- Author: Delores Daniels Apr 25, 2018,
Apr 25, 2018, 9:35
Since then, Alfie's father, Tom Evans, told reporters on Wednesday in a press conference at Alder Hey in Liverpool, England, that his son "now has oxygen".
On Tuesday, according to lawyers representing Alfie's family, a British judge sided with the doctors, saying that the family can not accept the offer to take Alfie to the Vatican for treatment.
Why is it the court's business if the parents seek treatment elsewhere, especially from qualified medical facilities like Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital?
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE.Family handout photo dated 23/04/18 supplied by the Alfies Army Official facebook page of brain-damaged boy Alfie Evans cuddling his mother Kate James at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool.
His life support machine was switched off on Monday, but his dad Thomas Evans said he survived through the night and is still breathing.
But Mr Justice Hayden also appeared to rule out his family's wishes to take the 23-month-old to Italy for treatment. "It seems inconceivable that there is no way to make that happen".
Journalist Josh Halliday, who attended today's hearing, wrote on Twitter: "Alfie Evans family has lost its legal challenge to fly him to Italy for treatment in what judge calls the "final chapter in the case of this extraordinary little boy". An air ambulance waited outside of the hospital to transport Alfie Evans to an Italian hospital to receive treatment, but a group of police were stationed outside of the boy's room to prevent him from leaving.
Before the hearing, a spokeswoman from Christian Legal Centre said: "Alfie has survived much longer than the doctors predicted, lending support to the request from Alfie's parents for Alfie to be seen by medical experts in Italy". They began to notice that when Alfie woke up he was extremely cranky and began to have trouble lifting his head and that his limbs were twitching as he rolled his eyes.
Alfie's situation has escalated from hospital incompetence and gross disregard for parental rights into a crime against humanity that has what was once one of the most "civilized" countries in the world using its totalitarian, unchecked, and brutal government power to turn a hospital room into a 23-month-old's starvation chamber. She can actually go to sleep next to him.
But summing up, the judge said there was no substance to the application. "The point is that the parents should be free", Williams said. He has been hospitalized since December of 2016.
Hayden looked at the issues surrounding the case on Tuesday and heard submissions from Alder Hey's hospital lawyers, Alfie's parents and the toddler's legal guardian. Barrister Paul Diamond, who is arguing the case for Christian Legal Center, said that the organization and parents will consider appealing the judge's decision.
The case has drawn global attention, including remarks from Pope Francis.
Francis has spoken repeatedly about Alfie.
A video taken by Alfie's father just prior to the removal of Alfie's ventilator shows the baby both responsive and alert, blinking, and looking around the room. "It is our duty to do all that is possible to safeguard life". In this case as with Charlie Gard, the government has not only made a decision to stop providing any medical assistance to Alfie but to actively prevent his parents from seeking care elsewhere.
The boy's parents were not in court Tuesday; Williams said they wanted to be at the hospital, at their son's side.