In response to a father’s pleas, Italy granted Alfie citizenship and even offered to provide his travel in hopes that he might be able to leave the United Kingdom.
All grounds of appeal have now been dismissed by Lord Justice McFarlane, meaning Alfie’s parents have apparently exhausted all legal options to continue his treatment in Italy.
Alfie has been in Alder Hey with a rare undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition since December 2016.
A spokesman for Parliament Street said: “We strongly believe it is time for a change in the law to re-empower parents to have a say in the treatment of their children”.
The little boy, who is nearly two-years-old, has been legally prevented from travelling overseas for medical treatment after life support was withdrawn at Alder Hey Hospital on Monday.
In a similar case to those of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans, the United Kingdom hospital treating Ashya decided it was not in the child’s best interest to move him or to allow his parents to seek proton beam therapy overseas.
However, they trio ruled Evans could be taken home. Despite these efforts, the courts refused.
Alder Hey hospital has indicated that doctors are willing to “explore” options for the family, including potentially removing Alfie from intensive care and transporting him to a ward, a hospice or his home.
About 100 supporters gathered outside the hospital. On Wednesday he said Alfie was being given food again after 36 hours without it. Respiratory failure is the most common cause of death in people with MDS, often occurring in childhood.
Even if the doctors are nearly positive that Alfie’s unknown condition will kill him, they eliminate any chance he has of recovery by taking him off life-support.
Alfie’s father tried everything. His doctors were already wrong about how long he could survive off of his life-support.
[Alfie’s case] might set a further precedent like in Charlie Gard’s case in order to prevent parents from taking care of their sick children, considered a burden by the state because they are ill and “therefore” useless, unproductive, and expensive.
“He hasn’t woke up, he’s still a little bit weak but what we ask for is to go home to sustain his life”.
“We submit there is a likelihood of Alfie having some pleasure in life”, he said. In such cases, the rights of the child take primacy over the parents’ right to decide what’s best for their offspring.
Doctors told Nick Ferrari’s parents that his brother would be a “vegetable” for life following a vehicle accident. Misuse of words is the antithesis of everything we strive, as doctors, to do for our patients. If Alfie is allowed to fly to Italy and keep fighting for his life, he just might win.
“Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts”.
He told LBC: ‘They hate us. We all know this causes the child enormous pain and suffering, but also know that a child’s life is inherently valuable.
“He’s struggling as one would expect, but he’s a fighter, and we still contend that he’s a living miracle”, Roger Kiska, legal counsel for Christian Legal Centre, told CBN News.
The parents challenged the ruling and wanted to move their son to a hospital in Rome. When they come in to say they are turning off machines I try my best.
On Wednesday, three court of appeal judges backed the decision made at the high court the previous day.
“And him and his mum have become closer now more than ever before”.