Alfie Evans' parents fight ruling to end toddler's life-support


Police were called last night as hundreds of protesters stood outside the children's hospital where terminally-ill Alfie Evans is staying.

Earlier this week, parents Tom Evans and Kate James were told that a date to switch off life support for their son had been set by High Court judge Anthony Hayden.

Specialists had drawn up an end-of-life care plan which was endorsed by Mr Justice Hayden, who made the High Court ruling, on Wednesday.

Merseyside police said the protest was peaceful but "did cause significant traffic disruption and inconvenience for other people trying to access the hospital".

His parents, who are both in their 20s and from Liverpool, have vowed to fight the decision to turn the child's life support off, and have kept their thousands of Facebook supporters informed.

(Supplied) Alfie's parents Kate James and Tom Evans will mount a new legal bid on Monday.

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He added: "They have phoned the police over a child..."

Judges have heard that Alfie, born on May 9 2016, is in a "semi-vegetative state" and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors had not definitively diagnosed.

His parents have said they have a private ambulance and jet on stand-by ready to take Alfie to Rome.

While the drama unfolds at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, LifeSiteNews has obtained a letter to Alfie's father Tom from a lawyer attached to the Christian Legal Centre.

His parents are preparing to appeal against the decision, with a hearing listed for Monday.

But after the hospital allegedly blocked the attempt to fly Alfie out of the country, an emotional Mr Evans made a video plea which sparked a mass protest outside Alder Hey. "I have the right to take my son out of this hospital", he says in the video.

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Speaking on Friday outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, where Alfie is being cared for, Tom Evans said a jet he had chartered to take his son overseas on Thursday night had been stopped by the hospital.

"The alarm was pulled and police were alerted and within a matter of 15 or 20 minutes I had three police officers round the bedside telling me that Alfie was a ward of court and they had been notified by the hospital and if I touched my son I would be arrested for assault".

Stroilov's letter informs Evans: "You have asked me to clarify whether it would be legal for you to remove your son Alfie from Alder Hey Hospital without the Hospital's consent".

I have documentation that says I have the right to take my son out of the hospital, I have the right to take my son out of this hospital. Look at my healthy, healthy young boy who's undiagnosed and is certainly not dying.

"I want to remind people to please consider other hospital users, as these delays could have caused serious problems for staff and patients alike".

This is despite a judge on Wednesday ruling Alfie's life support will be switched off on a date that can not be revealed due to legal reasons.

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