Once the original trial judge concluded it was not in Alfie Evans’ “best interests” to continue on a ventilator, it has been a very uphill battle for his parents who are fighting to win the right to take him to a hospital in Rome for further evaluation and possible further treatment of his mysterious degenerative brain disease.
This week the nation’s Supreme Court refused their “proposed appeal” of the Court of Appeal’s decision which had upheld Mr. Justice Hayden’s February 20 verdict. The Supreme Court concluded it was “unarguable.”
Tom Evans and Sara James would appear to be down to their last hope to save their 22-month-old son. They still have the option of appealing to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg, France.
They would not be challenging the Alder Hey Children’s hospital in Birmingham but the United Kingdom on the grounds that the “UK court had infringed on their human rights as parents,” according to Josh Parry of the Liverpool Echo. Writing on Wednesday, Parry observed
In order to appeal to the ECtHR, Alfie’s family would need to be given ‘leave’ by the court in order to bring an application before it.
If they were granted leave, then their case would proceed to a full hearing. This is a similar approach taken by Charlie Gard’s family, whose request for ‘leave’ was rejected.
It is expected an application for ‘leave’ would be heard in two to three days.
Following “a meeting with bosses at Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital to plan 22-month-old Alfie’s end of life care, which was also attended by a nurse from Claire House childrens’ hospice,” Mr. Evans posted an angry response on the Facebook page of “Alfies Army.”
HES GAINING WEIGHT!
HE CAN HEAR!
HE CAN FEEL!
HE HAS RIGHTS TO LIVE!!!!!
Yet again supreme have not even acknowledged Alfie’s rights to live or that he has no diagnosis there for no proof he will not live!!!
CORRUPT CORRUPT CORRUPT!!
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Alfie’s brain disease remains a mystery. Whatever its origins, after a seven-day hearing, Mr. Justice Hayden said, “I am satisfied that continued ventilatory support is no longer in Alfie’s interests,” the position taken by Alder Hey Childrens’ Hospital.
So, by way of summary, on March 6, Lord Justices McFarlane and McCombe and Lady Justice King of the nation’s second highest court concurred with the ruling of Hayden. This week the Supreme Court turned down the parents’ request to appeal, leaving the only recourse the European Court of Human Rights.
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues