Parents of terminally-ill British toddler Alfie Evans lose court appeal

His parents Tom Evans and Kate James are fighting to have him moved to a hospital in Rome

His parents Tom Evans and Kate James are fighting to have him moved to a hospital in Rome

Judges at the supreme court have approved a plan for withdrawing treatment to 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who has an undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition.

Specialists at Alder Hey said life-support treatment should stop and Mr Justice Hayden said he accepted medical evidence which showed that further treatment was futile.

Outlining their decision, the Supreme Court justices said the situation was "desperately sad" for all involved but that they had to "face facts".

"Alfie looks like a normal baby, but the unanimous opinion of the doctors who have examined him and the scans of his brain is that nearly all of his brain has been destroyed", the court said.

The court delivered the crushing blow to Tom Evans and Kate James, Alfie's parents, on Friday, according to the Mirror.

Mr Evans and Ms James' lawyers, the Christian Legal Centre, said they will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, despite the court ruling.

"There is also no reason for further delay".

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"I am now here in front of Your Holiness to plea for asylum, our hospitals in the United Kingdom do not want to give disabled children the chance of life and instead the hospitals in the United Kingdom are now assisting death in children".

'That is the law in this country. "No application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg can or should change that".

The father of a terminally ill British toddler met Wednesday with Pope Francis and begged him to make another bid for his son's life, after an appeals court ruled that the child can not be taken to Italy for further medical treatment.

"It is my honest hope that everything necessary may be done in order to continue compassionately accompanying little Alfie Evans, and that the deep suffering of his parents may be heard", he said on Twitter.

Tom Evans, the father of severely ill toddler Alfie Evans, is still hoping to have his son transferred to the Bambino Gesú hospital in Rome, following his meeting with Pope Francis this week.

Alfie Evans, born May 9, 2016, is lying critically ill in Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation in Liverpool. She was such a lovely woman and said they will do everything they can for Alfie as they would with any other.

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