Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Alfie Evans' parents pledge to work with doctors to give him 'dignity'

Alfie Evans' parents pledge to work with doctors to give him 'dignity'

Barrister Sophia Roper, who represents Alfie and takes instructions from a court-appointed guardian, agreed.

Despite having his life support turned off on Monday, little Alfie continues to battle on at Alder Hey Hospital.

The father of a 23-month-old at the centre of a life-support treatment battle in England has told reporters gathered outside the hospital that he will meet doctors on Thursday to discuss taking his son home.

Alder Hey Children's Hospital have repeatedly argued in court that further treatment is not in Alfie's best interests and several high court judges have ruled in their favour and stated they are acting in the youngster's best interests.

The couple said their son had confounded specialists' expectations by continuing to breathe unaided despite being disconnected from a ventilator and provided with only palliative care.

Protesters also hit the streets in the United Kingdom - as well as in Italy and Poland amid the bitter over the medical care of the 23 month-old tot being cared for at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

As in the current case with Alfie, doctors involved received death threats.

Alfie's father Tom Evans said Alfie continued to survive with no assistance, and that doctors had subsequently resumed providing oxygen and hydration.

"Whilst we absolutely recognize the skill and dedication of medical professionals in the United Kingdom, we stand by the moral rights of parents - and their children - to make their informed decisions about care and treatment", a Think Tank Parliament Street spokesman said, according to the Mirror. We can not have another baby, another family, have to go through the struggle and torment the Evans family have.

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'Alfie doesn't need intensive care any more. "Some people say it's a miracle, it's a misdiagnosis".

Previously, a doctor who is treating Alfie Evans has said staff are "heartbroken" and have "genuine fear" over the hostility that has been shown towards them.

"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 let's walk across it", he said.

The parents of Alfie Evans have pledged to work alongside doctors to give him "the dignity and comfort he needs".

That doctors in Rome can prolong Alfie's life and even improve his medical condition may be a long shot, but the assumption that their trying would somehow put him at risk makes little sense at this juncture.

Tom had launched a last ditch legal attempt to have Alfie brought to Italy for medical care as he felt enough wasn't being done to help Alfie survive at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.

"He has had no tests or observations for two days".

I am not alone in believing that when British law can displace the rights of parents then British law must be changed.

He added: "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".

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