The Court of Appeal has rejected appeals made by the parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans.
On Monday it was originally ruled that the Evans family had lost the legal battle to fly Alfie to Italy in what the judge called the ‘final chapter in the case of this extraordinary little boy’.
The two parents, Tom and Kate, both launched separate appeals after the judge’s decision but now their appeals have been rejected.
Justice McFarlane added after making the announcement:
This is awful for everyone concerned. We are in the middle of palliative care plan at Alder Hey Hospital. I can see no basis that judge was wrong.
The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court ruling that Alfie Evans cannot be taken for further care in Italy.
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Alfie was taken off life support on Monday but miraculously has been able to breathe unaided for the past two days.
23-month-old Alfie was taken off his life support at 9.17pm on Monday (April 23), but has been breathing unassisted since.
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’.
Thomas Evans and Kate James are the parents of little Alfie Evans who fell ill in 2016 when he contracted a chest infection, triggering a spiral of different illnesses.
After being taken to hospital for treatment of his chest infection, Alfie began having severe epileptic seizures and was diagnosed with bronchitis, the common cold, a chest infection, RSV [respiratory syncytial virus], pneumonia and two other illnesses which left him exhausted.
On Monday a glimmer of hope shone for little Alfie after Italy granted the child immediate citizenship of the country to allow him to travel there for treatment.
Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday afternoon (April 23) they had granted the toddler citizenship after a politician in the country pleaded them to.
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.
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.
Sadly, the rejected appeals appear to be the final page to the tragic case of Alfie Evans.
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.