Alfie Evans' dad hits out at 'cruel bureaucracy' as he reveals he has ‘has air ambulances waiting’ to take son to Italy for treatment after latest appeal fails
Parents Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, today suffered another blow after the Supreme Court dismissed their latest legal bid to keep the 23-month-old tot alive.
Tom said: "We have asked them (judges) to watch the recent videos of Alfie, and their decision now admits that Alfie 'looks like a normal boy'.
"However, their paperwork still says his brain no longer exists, his life is futile, he may not be allowed to go (to Rome, on the invitation of the Pope), but must be made to die – all in his own best interests. Only the paperwork matters to these people – the real child does not.
"This is not justice. This is a cruel bureaucracy."
Earlier he pleaded "it's about Alfie", saying he had done everything possible to support his son after the latest appeal bid to save him failed.
Writing in an emotional Facebook post, the dad wrote: "Get off me back, am only trying to save our son, nothing else.
"He isn't suffering, he isn't in pain, he isn't diagnosed."
He added that the family had received support of Milan, Genoa, Rome and Munich, adding: "(There are) three air ambulance companies who would take Alfie.
"What more do I do."
Tom's plea comes after he and partner Kate James have fought tirelessly against the decision to withdraw the terminally ill tot's life support.
They had taken their battle to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal agreed with Alder Hey that Alfie "could not be saved" and that it would be "unkind" and "futile" to continue treatment.
Judges said today there was "no reason for further delay", adding: "The hospital must be free to do what has been determined to be in Alfie's best interests.
"That is the law in this country. No application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg can or should change that."
They continued: "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 almost all of his brain has been destroyed.
"No-one knows why. But that it has happened and is continuing to happen cannot be denied.
"It means that Alfie cannot breathe, or eat, or drink without sophisticated medical treatment.
"It also means that there is no hope of his ever getting better."
The parents have already lost a previous challenge at the Court of Appeal and failed to have the decision overturned at the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.
They are fighting to take their son to a hospital in Rome for treatment and said they have a private jet and ambulance on standby.
Tom met with the Pope in the Vatican this week and claimed he looked him in the eye and said he was "doing the right thing".
He has accused the hospital in Liverpool of imprisoning his son, but Alder Hey said this has been dismissed by the Supreme Court today.
The hospital said in a statement: "Alfie’s parents have done everything in their power to do what they think is best for him even though that is contrary to the views of the doctors.
"That has inevitably prolonged the period over which he has been given treatment that was determined in February not to be in his best interests.
"We understand that this decision is very distressing for Alfie’s family at this very difficult time."
Alfie, born on May 9, 2016, is in a "semi-vegetative state" and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors have not definitively diagnosed.
The couple took their battle to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal last week agreed there was "no hope".
Lord Justice Davis said: "We cannot have a kind of legal 'Groundhog Day' where you come back again and again and again on the same point."
The court was also read a statement from Lord Justice Hayden’s previous ruling where he said: "The terrible reality was that almost the entirety of Alfie’s brain has been eroded, leaving only water and cerebral spinal fluid.
“Treatment is futile as experts both here and abroad agree. Alfie will never make any developmental progress."
Lord Justice Moylan said in cases such as Alfie's, the child is represented by an independent guardian.
Alfie's guardian has agreed with Alder Hey that withdrawing ventilation is in his best interests but his parents say "the state" is wrongly interfering with their parental choice.
Alfie Evans protesters have been warned not to disrupt patients or staff at Alder Hey
It came as hundreds of protesters flocked to Alder Hey to show support for Alfie's parents.
Staff claim noise from around 100 protesters has impacted on patients despite "Alfie's Army" urging supporters to be "respectful" to the hospital.
Alder Hey beefed up security but said it "remains fully operational" with A&E open for emergency care.
In February, Mr Justice Hayden ruled that doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents.
Specialists at Alder Hey said life-support treatment should stop and claim it would be "unkind" and "futile" to continue treatment.
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