While attorneys for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital keep telling courts that doctors unanimously think Alfie Evans’ situation is too far gone, Italy’s Healthcare Chief has slammed the decisions by UK courts to treat Alfie the way that they have. Courts gave the Children’s Hospital the right to withdraw Alfie’s life support without his parents permission and have refused to allow the 23 month old boy to be transported to Italy for medical care and treatment.
The President of the Italian National Institute of Health lambasted the UK High Court’s decision yesterday on Alfie Evans’ that resulted it the children’s hospital being allowed to remove life support over Alfie’s parents’ objections.
His comments come as a British doctors group, The Medical Ethics Alliance, expressed its horror over the treatment of Alfie Evans that it called a “medical tyranny.”
Speaking to Italian daily La Repubblica, Walter Ricciardi said his NHS British colleagues often make “shocking and inhumane” decisions on life-death case such as Alfie Evans’.
He said: “Quite often English people make decisions I do not approve of.
“They are unable to break away from rigid NHS norms and regulations.
“There are a lot of other more humane ways to deal with cases like this one.
“The way my English colleagues often deal with situations like this is shocking and inhumane.”
An air ambulance has arrived outside the hospital where little Alfie Evans is located. Alfie has breathed on his own and has survived for over 18 hours after the Children’s Hospital yanked his life support.
Alfie has defied doctors’ expectations to this point and his parents are headed back to court to fight for his life further. They are hoping to be able to get life support restored and also want to be able to take him to Italy, which granted him citizenship yesterday.