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Alfie Evans’s parents appeal against ruling sanctioning the withdrawal of his life support

Appeal to be heard on 1 March

The family of Alfie Evans is to appeal against a High Court ruling sanctioning the withdrawal of life-sustaining ventilation for the 21-month-old.

On 1 March 2018 the Court of Appeal will hear a challenge to the ruling by Mr Justice Hayden in Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust v Evans & Anor [2018] EWHC 308 (Fam).

Alder Hey Children's Hospital argued that it would be unkind, unfair and inhumane to  continue to treat Alfie, who is (according to his treating Consultant Paediatric Neurologist) in a coma and unaware of his surroundings, showing no response to tactile, visual, auditory or sensory stimulation.

Alfie's parents from Bootle, Merseyside, want to take him to Italy or Germany for treatment.

Hayden J had reluctantly reached the clear conclusion that Alfie's best interests required the withdrawal of ventilation and the provision of good quality palliative care to keep him as comfortable as possible at the last stage of his life. The judge found that the father's proposals to transport Alfie to Italy / Germany were irreconcilable with his best interests in the face of a total absence of treatment for Alfie's condition.

For the judgment and a summary by Thomas Dance of 1 King's Bench Walk, click here. For a report by BBC News, click here.