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UK Appeals Court Rules Against Parents of Toddler on Life Support

UK Appeals Court Rules Against Parents of Toddler on Life Support

"Alfie, the family and all of our supporters are stronger than ever and we will keep fighting all the way".

Like any parent of a very sick child, Alfie's parents want to be able to spend as much time with him as possible while he's in the hospital - especially with a protracted legal battle that could result in yanking his life support and ending his life at any time.

This morning a new message to supporters of Alfie's Army, the campaign group that has sprung up in support of Alfie, was posted on Instagram, said to be on behalf of the toddler's parents.

Alder Hey said in a statement: "We would ask that noise levels outside the hospital are kept to a minimum and for example vehicle horns are not sounded".

Visiting was "intimidating and horrendous" and she had even heard chants of "burn it down" from protesters which was "taking it too far", she told BBC Radio Merseyside.

And as the emotional court battle rages on, representatives from Alder Hey pleaded with "Alfie's Army" to respect the needs of other patients receiving treatment.

"Children are passing away there, parents are being given devastating news every day; imagine how it feels when you leave that hospital and you are presented with that scene".

She said: "Take it to a neutral ground so there is no impact upon other children, families or staff and they would gain a lot more respect for the cause".

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.

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Last week, a judge decided it was in the best interests of Alfie for his life support to be switched off.

The 23-month-old has an undiagnosed degenerative brain condition and has been in care and on ventilation at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool since December 2016.

Mr Evans said a jet was waiting at John Lennon airport and it is understood he plans to take his son to the Vatican-linked Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital in Rome for diagnosis and possible treatment after they received backing from Pope Francis.

The parents have also lost fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

But some people took to social media to defend Alder Hey's position in the case, saying: "Winding me up that people are blaming Alder Hey for this Alfie Evans situation".

"Loud and constant noise, such as from auto horns, affects sleep and raises anxiety levels for our patients, especially when recovering from procedures, so please bear them in mind".

The hospital said it had also put additional security measures in place but said it "remains fully operational" with A&E open for emergency care.

Evans' mention of the hospital not allowing the family to be together was in reference to a letter he shared last week in which Alder Hey accused pro-Alfie protesters of causing "significant disruption" to other patients' families and staff.