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UK Judge Rules: Alfie Evans Cannot go to Rome for Treatment; Is the Hospital Now in Process of Starving Him to Death?

Dorothy Cummings McLean : Apr 24, 2018

"Coming up to 24 hours and he's fighting with gorgeous his gorgeous features, pink lips, handsome grown up face, and odd cheeky smile now and again. HE HAS NOW BEEN STARVED FROM NUTRITION FOR 23 hours. How is this HUMANE where does his DIGNITY LIE?" -Tom Evans

EDITOR'S NOTE: The saga of little Alfie Evans, playing out before the world, is shocking and heartbreaking to those of us who value life. In this case, and in the similarly sad circumstances of Charlie Gard, there are doctors and a hospital (in another country) ready and willing to try treating these babies' medical conditions. They had hope that their treatments might actually work. And so did their parents. But in both cases now, the parents' desires (if not rights) have been quashed by a socialized medical system apparently unwilling to spend the resources (or even just to TRY) to see if a new treatment might save these precious lives. Take note my fellow Americans; socialized medicine means the government ultimately calls the shots on your or your family's treatments, and you may not like what is decided. Please continue to pray for a miracle for Alfie. -Aimee Herd, BCN.

(Manchester, England)—[] UK toddler Alfie Evans may not fly to a hospital in Rome for treatment, a UK judge ruled this afternoon.

Parents Tom and Kate have now lost their legal challenge to remove their son from Alder Hey hospital and fly him to a hospital run by the Vatican in Rome. The judge called his ruling the "final chapter in the case of this extraordinary little boy."

For the time being, Alfie remains at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool. Doctors removed his ventilator just after 9:00 yesterday evening. Instead of dying, the baby starting breathing on his own. He was eventually given oxygen as well as hydration. Parents Tom and Kate would like to take their son to a hospital in Italy, but the hospital has refused to comply [with] their wishes.

It remains unclear how many days Alfie may be expected to live. So far, he has defied expectations of the medical profession.

During the hearing, Hayden criticized Alfie's parents' friends, saying they had been giving the young couple false hope. "It's profoundly depressing to say the least," he said. He called one of their entourage a "fanatical and deluded young man."

The judge also "slapped down" Paul Diamond, the family's lawyer, "for highly-charged language" Hayden called "ridiculous emotive nonsense," according to Josh Halliday of the Guardian.

An Alder Hey doctor told the court of colleagues' "genuine fear" in the "hostile atmosphere" around the hospital. She claimed it was "heartbreaking we're here again arguing when all we want to do is the best for Alfie's family."

But a friend close to the family tweeted that such a comment lost sight of what is really at stake in the case, namely, Alfie's life...

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