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Court rejects Alfie Evans appeal
21 April 2018, 10:05 | Colleen Roy
Alfie Evans' parents lose latest round of their legal fight after Supreme Court judges refuse to reconsider their case
The UK Supreme Court will not allow the parents of Alfie Evans to take their sick child to a hospital in Italy.
Alfie's family is in a legal battle with Alder Hey, a children's hospital that says it is best to withdraw ventilation as his condition can not be treated and has destroyed much of his brain.
Alder Hey hospital saidin a statement: "Today the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the High Court and the Court of Appeal confirming that 'It has been conclusively determined that it is not in Alfie's best interests to continue to receive treatment or to travel overseas for treatment.' The hospital said: "Alfie's parents have done everything in their power to do what they think is best for him even though that is contrary to the views of the doctors". The judges' decision brings to an end a series of challenges made in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The decision was made after three appeal court judges endorsed a plan drawn up by doctors earlier this week.
Alfie Evans, born May 9, 2016, is lying critically ill in Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation in Liverpool.
The judges said there was "no reason for further delay".
The Supreme Court has announced that they will not give the family permission to appeal, according to the Liverpool Echo. She was such a lovely woman and said they will do everything they can for Alfie as they would with any other.
The young parents wanted to take Alfie to a hospital in Rome where he would continue to receive palliative care.
Alfie's parents had previously lost one round of fights, in the high court, court of appeal, supreme court and the European court of human rights.
Outlining their decision, the Supreme Court justices said the situation was "desperately sad" for all involved but that they had to "face facts". But the judges said: "A person who is unable to move because of the measures which are being taken in intensive care to keep him alive is not deprived of his liberty within the meaning of article 5".
Alfie's parents had also argued that their son was being wrongly "detained" at Alder Hey and had made a habeas corpus application, which requires a court to examine the legality of a detention.
It is a piece of common law which probably dates back to Anglo-Saxon times.
The parents of a terminally-ill British toddler lost a last-ditch legal bid on Friday (April 20) to prevent doctors from turning off life support for their son despite getting the support of Pope Francis.
"We are appealing today because we have got to act quickly", Chief executive Andrea Williams said.
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