As we await the final court hearing on Alfie Evans, it has been reported that an air ambulance is on standby at Alder Hey children’s hospital ready to fly Alfie to Italy.
Yesterday, Alfie’s father, Tom, revealed that his son had been taken off life support but had miraculously been able to breathe for himself and survived the night.
23-month-old Alfie was taken off his life support at 9.17pm yesterday (April 23), but has miraculously been breathing unassisted since.
Today a court hearing is set to announce the future for Alfie after it emerged he had been given Italian citizenship which would allow the terminally ill toddler to travel to the country immediately for treatment, reports Metro.
So far, Alfie’s parents have lost legal cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.
As part of his condition, Alfie has constant seizures, and Tom and mother, Kate, have pleaded to take him to Rome for treatment – but doctors claim that any further treatment was not only ‘futile’ but ‘unkind and inhumane’.
Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday afternoon (April 23) they had granted the toddler citizenship after a politician in the country pleaded them to.
Italian journalist and politician, Giorgia Meloni, thanked the Italian president for making the decision.
It’s one of those days when you remember that politics can make you do great things.
[As a] Mum, Italian and president of the party I thank the President-in-office of the council and ministers Alfano and LICR for having accepted my appeal and decided to grant Italian citizenship to Alfie Evans.
This will allow us to open a window to allow the child to come to Italy and be welcomed into one of our hospital facilities.
To Parents Thomas and Kate: we wish to see you in our nation soon.
— Radio City News (@RadioCityNews) April 23, 2018
According to the Liverpool Echo, an official statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy’s website reads:
Ministers Alfano and Minniti have granted Italian citizenship to little Alfie.
In this way the Italian government hopes that being an Italian citizen will allow the child immediate transfer to Italy.
So far it is uncertain if Alfie will be allowed to travel to Italy however the result in the courtroom is expected to be announced imminently.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.