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Alfie Evans: Toddler's parents launch new legal challenge

Alfie Evans: Toddler's parents launch new legal challenge

Alfie Evans has been treated at Alder Hey Children's Hospital since December 2016
The parents of a terminally ill toddler who has been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle are set to mount another legal challenge.Tom Evans and Kate James are preparing to ask Court of Appeal judges to allow 23-month-old Alfie Evans to continue to receive treatment.Appeal court officials say a hearing has been listed for Monday.On Thursday, hundreds of people protested outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital where Alfie is receiving care.In February, Mr Justice Hayden ruled 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.
On Wednesday, the judge said what had happened to Alfie was "profoundly unfair", as the court endorsed an end-of-life care plan drawn up by specialists.The judge said details of that plan could not be revealed because Alfie was entitled to privacy at the end of his life. Legal advisers representing Mr Evans, 21, and Ms James, 20, said they will ask appeal court judges to overturn at least one decision made by Mr Justice Hayden at Monday's hearing.
Alfie's father Tom Evans with protesters on Thursday night
Alfie has been at Alder Hey since December 2016 with an undiagnosed degenerative brain disease.His parents, who are from Liverpool, want to move their son to Rome's Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital, which has links to the Vatican, where he would continue to receive palliative care.The Pope previously tweeted his support for Alfie, saying he hoped the "deep suffering" of the toddler's parents would be heard.Alfie's parents have said they have a private ambulance and jet on stand-by ready to take Alfie to Rome.The couple have lost cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and had their case rejected by the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.Speaking to the BBC outside the hospital on Thursday, Mr Evans said: "There's no court order to say Alfie has to stay in this hospital right now."The truth behind the matter is that me and Kate hold full responsibility and we can take him to our transportation van with full equipment with the doctors who have got full duty of care, and they are not allowing us so we are hoping that my solicitor is gong to spin the spoon and get us out."
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