Alfie Evans: Time to build a bridge says boy's father

Group to gather outside Wrexham courts to show support for Alfie Evans

Courts reviewed the decision on whether the parents could take Alfie to Italy to seek treatment - but refused to allow the children to be taken overseas.

Alfie Evans, the British toddler at the center of an worldwide controversy over his parents' right to seek treatment for his medical care, may soon be returning home for what may be his final days, The Mirror is reporting.

Steven Woolfe MEP, launching the campaign outside the Houses of Parliament today, said: "The cases of Charlie Gard, Aysha King, and now Alfie Evans, show a risky trend of public bodies depriving parents and families of the right to make decisions they believe are in the best interests of their children".

Earlier this week the High Court ruled that Alfie, suffering from a degenerative neurological disorder, should not leave the country out of his "best interests".

His father, Tom, 21, also appealed to the family's many supporters to step aside and allow them to "form a relationship" with Alder Hey Children's Hospital and go on to "build a bridge and walk across it".

A Polish flag flies above a banner for Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, Britain, on Wednesday.

Mr Justice Hayden said that although Alfie had been a "fighter" since his life support had been removed, his undiagnosed degenerative condition had "almost entirely wiped out" his brain matter and he stood no chance of recovery.

He said there had been no deterioration in Alfie's condition since he was taken off a ventilator and he was not in pain.

"We submit there is a likelihood of Alfie having some pleasure in life", he said.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Alfie's parents would seek another appeal.


Although Evans' parents were told that their son might not survive the infection, the infant was able to beat it and even began breathing on his own.

Staff members did hydrate the child, but not much else.

The months-long legal battle between Alfie's parents, backed by a Christian pressure group, and his doctors has drawn interventions from the pope and Italian authorities, who support the parents' desire to have their son treated in Italy.

Another said: 'Wondering how strongly the zero tolerance policy will be invoked for those staff told that their children will be murdered, for those people who said "burn it down", for those who threatened nurses, doctors and other families.

The case has stirred up strong emotions, especially among a crowd of supporters calling themselves "Alfie's Army" camped outside the hospital.

"We got rejected yesterday to go to Italy, unfortunately", Evans said, according to the BBC.

"We affirm our conviction that all those who are and have been taking the agonising decisions regarding the care of Alfie Evans act with integrity and for Alfie's good as they see it", the statement read, in part.

But the archbishop added: "I am very aware of the compassion which is characteristically shown by the Italian people to those in need, and in this case Alfie".

Poland's President Andrzej Duda tweeted on Wednesday that "Alfie Evans must be saved". "His courageous little body has proved again that the miracle of life can be stronger than death". "We hope you will respect this".

Doctors linked with Pope Francis had been ready to fly Alfie to Rome in a military air ambulance that was put on standby outside Alder Hey. We understand the last few months have been hard for them.

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