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Alfie Evans parents lose 'last-ditch appeal' over life support

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Gustavo Carr | 28 April, 2018, 10:41

On the day the hospital wanted to remove his life support against his parent's wishes, the Italian government grants the 23-month old toddler Italian citizenship to allow him immediate alternative care, but United Kingdom judge rejects all efforts to save him.

Contrary to all the expectations of the doctors, Alfie continued to breathe independently.

Alfie has been granted Italian citizenship in a bid to secure his transfer to Rome and last week Mr Evans met Pope Francis, who has voiced support for the couple.

Mariella Enoc, the president of Bambino Gesù, flew to Liverpool on Monday to offer her support and help facilitate a transfer to Rome but said her offer was rebuffed.

"Foreign Ministers Angelino Alfano and Interior Minister Marco Minniti granted naturalization to little Alfie". Tom Evans and Kate James had asked for a delay to allow time for a further appeal.

Crowds of protesters lined the streets in front of the hospital Monday as they waited for the ruling, while Tom sent intermittent Facebook live posts from inside the hospital.

"I want to reiterate and strongly confirm that the only master of life, from the beginning to its natural end, is God, and our duty is to do everything to protect life", Pope Francis said at his weekly audience the same day. "I encourage everyone now to stand together for Alfie".

This is the latest in a number of court battles between the parents and the hospital, which say it is in the child's best interests to withdraw life support as his brain condition, which has never been diagnosed, can not be treated.

He has previously been granted Italian citizenship by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy.

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In February, Mr Justice Hayden ruled that doctors at Alder Hey could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents following hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London and Liverpool.

However, upon appeal, the judges upheld the original decision.

The hospital said it would not be offering a running commentary on the child's condition.

But Mr Justice Hayden said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless. She said she spoke with the parents, saying that "if you want the good of someone, there can be no imposition of ideological opposition on individual battles".

A High Court judge dismissed fresh submissions heard in private from lawyers representing Alfie's parents via telephone link on Monday evening.

Earlier on Monday, supporters of the family attempted to storm Alder Hey Children's Hospital after European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judges refused to intervene in the case.

Paul Diamond, who will represent the parents this afternoon, will argue that it can not be in Alfie's best interests to be left to die in Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

United Kingdom baby Alfie Evans was removed from his ventilator sometime after 9:00 PM local time, sources on the ground in Liverpool tell LifeSiteNews.

An air ambulance is now waiting outside Alder Hey Hospital ready to take Alfie to hospital in Italy.