Alfie Evans’ life support withdrawn

Alfie Evans’ (23 months old) life support was turned off on Monday after his parents lost legal challenges against a High court ruling in February that Alder Hey Children’s Hospital could withdraw ventilation. After the life support was turned off, Alfie was breathing on his own and has been given oxygen. His condition was described as “semi-vegetative”. Alfie has been in Alder Hey since December 2016 with a rare undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition.He was placed on life support in December 2016.

Mr Justice Hayden, the High Court judge who ruled doctors could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents, is scheduled to hear more discussion at a hearing in Manchester after 15:30. Barrister Paul Diamond, who represents Alfie’s parents, will argue it cannot be in the toddler’s best interests to be left to die in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and he should be allowed to travel to Italy where doctors are ready to care for him. His parents wanted to take him to the Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome.

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