Parents of Alfie Evans to meet doctors to discuss taking tot home

Tom and Kate Evan have been battling to have their son transferred to Italy for medical treatment. Pic PA Wire

(Picture: PA) Earlier this morning, Alfie's dad Tom told reporters outside Alder Hey hospital that there will be a meeting with doctors later today to discuss taking his son home. Last year, it was announced that Ashya was cancer free. "It is for that hospital to present to the British Courts. the medical reasons for an exception to be made in this tragic case". We could take it further but would that be the right thing to do, would there be more criticism?

The baby's parents have been in a lengthy legal fight with doctors at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool over his care with attention from across the globe. "As I sit next to Alfie's bedside, every second of every day, it encourages me more and more that he will live for "x" amount of months, possibly years".

The trust for the hospital in Liverpool has since spoken of the "barrage of highly abusive and threatening" language and behaviour towards medical staff treating the toddler, who has a rare degenerative neurological condition and is considered to be in a semi-vegetative state.

That was done on Monday but the boy is still in hospital -his parents' attempts to take him to Italy for treatment after support from the Pope have also been blocked. "Some people say it's a miracle, it's not a miracle, it's a misdiagnosis".

"Doctors at the hospital in Liverpool asked the court to agree to the separation of the infant from life-support, on the grounds that it would be in the "best interests" of the child".

If you're new to the saga of Alfie Evans, The Guardian has a solid primer with the details of this odd and sad case.

The tot's life support was switched off after his family lost the most recent of a series of legal appeals.

The couple were dealt their latest crushing blow on Wednesday when three Court of Appeal judges ruled that there was "no basis that judge was wrong".

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"Poor Alfie must not be killed in this way", they said, demanding his safe passage to Rome.

On Wednesday the Court of Appeal rejected a new bid by the parents to take Alfie to the Vatican's hospital in Rome.

An Alder Hey clinician told a previous court hearing that it was now impossible to move Alfie home for palliative care treatment because of the breakdown in the relationship between doctors and the family, and the hostility of some of the boy's supporters.

"Moved by the prayers and huge solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted", he said on Twitter Monday.

Doctors say the 23-month-old boy suffers from a degenerative neurological condition that has left him in a "semi-vegetative state" with nearly no brain function.

Doctors linked with Pope Francis had been ready to fly Alfie to Rome in a military air ambulance that was put on standby outside Alder Hey.

Lawyers representing Alder Hey bosses say Alfie's condition is irreversible and there was no evidence that it had changed.

The Catholic Association, a group that is "dedicated to being a faithful Catholic voice in the public square", voiced support for the parents of British toddler Alfie Evans, who has been at the center of a months-long court battle.

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