Life support for Alfie Evans can stop, judge rules

The High Court judge ruled in favour of hospital bosses after doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool said continuing to provide life support treatment was “unkind, unfair and inhumane“.

But Alfie’s parents Kate James and Tom Evans, who are both in their 20s, wanted treatment to continue.

They believe their son responds to them.

Life support for Alfie Evans can stop, judge rules
Life support for Alfie Evans can stop, judge rules

Alfie’s mother Kate left the court hearing before the judge reached his conclusion and his father broke down as the decision was announced.

Tom Evans and Kate James, the parents of 21-month-old Alfie Evans, arrive at the High Court in London to see whether they have won a treatment fight with doctors. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 20, 2018. Specialists at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool want a judge to give them permission to stop providing life-support treatment to Alfie. See PA story COURTS Alfie. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Image:Alfie’s parents Tom and Kate believe their son responds to them

Alfie’s father Tom said after the ruling: “I need time to reflect on the judgment.”

Mr Justice Hayden made his ruling after analysing the dispute at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in Liverpool earlier this month.

Doctors said that Alfie, who was born on 9 May 2016, was in a “semi-vegetative state” and had a degenerative neurological condition they had not definitively diagnosed.

The judge had visited Alfie in hospital and has praised his parents for trying to explore every avenue and leave no stone unturned.

Tom Evans is fighting for life support to remain on and treatment to continue
Image:Tom Evans broke down in the court room

Mr Justice Hayden said he accepted medical evidence which showed further treatment was futile.

He said his conclusion was reached with great sadness.

“Alfie’s need now is for good quality palliative care,” he said.

“He requires peace, quiet and privacy in order that he may conclude his life as he has lived it, with dignity.”

Free Alfie Evans posters
Image:Supporters of his parents have formed ‘Alfie’s Army’

Around 30 members of “Alfie’s Army” were outside the children’s hospital supporting the family’s campaign as they awaited the decision.

They held blue and purple balloons and chanted: “Save Alfie Evans”.

They cried as they received the news.

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Danielle Page, 32, from St Helens, said: “It is devastating. He’s not lying there like a vegetable, he’s a little boy, he’s a miracle. He needs a chance. Everything that’s been thrown at him, he’s battled through. We are not going to give up.”

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