United Kingdom court rejects appeal for terminally ill boy Alfie Evans

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The father of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans said Thursday that he would work with doctors to give his son "dignity and comfort", as he called for a truce in a divisive case that has pitted doctors and the British courts against Alfie's parents, Christian groups and the pope.

The 23-month-old boy has an incurable degenerative neurological condition.

Tom's statement was a stark shift from earlier comments in which he accused Alder Hey doctors of hating him and his family and behaving aggressively toward them for refusing to accept the doctors' prognosis of Alfie.

But a news report in Sky News took that statement to mean that Alfie's parents were making plans for his eventual death.

Just days after Alfie Evans' life support was removed at a Liverpool hospital, his parents say they want to "build a bridge" with the hospital staff as they treat their son.

"I explained to him that the Catholic people of Liverpool are heartbroken for Alfie and his parents and are continuing to offer support and prayers", he told The Tablet.


Alfie's case has divided Britain and led to a number of controversial court cases that have all ruled against the Evans family.

The terminally ill toddler, who has a degenerative brain condition, has been at the centre of a drawn-out legal battle with his parents told they can not take him to Rome for treatment.

He had previously looked into trying to privately prosecute doctors for conspiracy to murder, it was claimed.

"It is a grim reminder that systems of socialized medicine like the National Health Service (NHS) vest the state with power over human lives, transforming citizens into subjects", the senator said. Even also asked Alfie's Army, their supporters in the United Kingdom, to stand down to allow those plans to move forward, according to the Mirror.

Bishop Francesco Cavina of Carpi, in northern Italy - who helped arrange a meeting between Thomas Evans and Pope Francis - said "it is hard to understand" why the parents can not transfer their child.

In Warsaw, supporters placed candles, teddy bears and notes in front of the British embassy.


Pope Francis has appealed for the wishes of the boy's parent to be heeded, saying only God can decide who dies.

Italy gave Alfie Italian citizenship, in an effort to facilitate his transfer, and the government of Poland also voiced its support to the family.

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

Alder Hey issued an open letter Wednesday saying its staff had experienced a barrage of "unprecedented personal abuse".

"As I sit next to Alfie's bedside, every second of every day, it encourages me more and more that he will live for "x" amount of months, possibly years".

"We would now ask you to return back to your everyday lives and allow myself, Kate and Alder Hey to form a relationship, build a bridge and walk across it".


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