Alfie parents appeal to Strasbourg again (3)

Alfie parents appeal to Strasbourg again (3)

Britain's Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a mother and father who want to take their terminally ill toddler to the Vatican's Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital for treatment.

Tom Evans and Kate James had appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn a decision by the Court of Appeal upholding Alder Hey Hospital's plan to withdraw the 23-month-old's life support.

Specialists at Alder Hey said life-support treatment should stop and Mr Justice Hayden said he accepted medical evidence which showed that further treatment was futile. Baroness Hale of Richmond said that it was the view of doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, that nearly all of the 23-month-old boy's brain had been destroyed.

The Supreme Court has announced that they will not give the family permission to appeal, according to the Liverpool Echo.

However Alfie's father Tom, who this week met with Pope Francis to ask him to intervene, vowed to fight the "cruel bureaucracy".

The court refused to release details about the approved plans for Alfie's eventual death, citing Alfie's privacy. "She wants to take Alfie as soon as tomorrow and will do everything for him", Evans explained. "She is willing I come over and testify in court, her and the team".

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But Mr Justice Hayden said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless.

"Pray hard this is Alfie's step to his desperately needed transfer", he said.

At Pope Francis' behest, Bishop Cavina is serving as the mediator between the Holy See and Alfie's family. I jumped on the plane at 11 last night [Tuesday] to Athens, got there for 4:50am, then took off at 6:05 to Rome to meet the Pope.

Evans added: "Our child is sick, but not dying and does not deserve to die".

"I am now here in front of Your Holiness to plea for asylum, our hospitals in the United Kingdom do not want to give disabled children the chance of life and instead the hospitals in the United Kingdom are now assisting death in children".

The parents are fighting for the right to move their son to the hospital in Rome where he will have more time as doctors search for a diagnosis. "We will continue to fight, by all means available to us within the law, to save our son's life".

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