Alfie Evans' parents lose legal fight to move son to Italian hospital

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Tom Evans and Kate James had hoped to persuade appeal court judges that their 23-month-old son Alfie should receive life-support treatment overseas.

The parents of a 23-month-old boy at the centre of a life-support treatment battle have lost their latest legal battle to have their child treated overseas. He argued that it was a deprivation of Alfie's liberty in not letting him travel to a different hospital.

Mr Evans and Ms James have previously taken the Bootle toddler's case to the High Court, Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

Mr Justice Hayden said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless.

However, the family have lost their latest court battle, with judges dismissing their appeal.

Justice Moylan denied permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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In a statement, Alder Hey Children's Hospital said it trusted that "the public and supporters of Alfie's parents will read in detail the decision of the Court of Appeal following today's hearing".

Alfie's parents say their son has improved in recent weeks and had asked Mr Justice Hayden to allow a new assessment.

He said medical experts' unanimous view was that Alfie's brain had been eroded by disease and further assessment was pointless.

Alfie Evans, born May 9, 2016, is lying critically ill in Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation in Liverpool.

Alfie Evans, from Liverpool, is on a life support machine and requires round-the-clock treatment at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in the city.

Speaking outside the hospital, Alfie's dad declared "it's not over" while crowds of supporters chanted "get him out".

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