Alfie Evans' dad Tom Evans in bid to take tot home after Court of Appeal rejected Italy bid
Heartbroken dad Tom Evans revealed that they would be dropping their legal bid to take Alfie to Rome, saying that the 23-month-old no longer needed intensive care and instead he simply wanted to take his son home.
Speaking outside of Alder Hey this morning, the 21-year-old dad said: "We could take it further, but would it be the right thing to do, would people give me more criticism.
"So what we do today, is we have a meeting with doctors at Alder Hey and we now start asking to go home.
"Alfie doesn't need intensive care no more."
Pointing out that his son was taken off life support three days ago and still clinging to life, he added: "There's no immediate care for him no more. We want to take him home."
He said that aside from receiving oxygen, Alfie did not need any treatment, saying: "For the third day now, there's been not one single problem with him. The nurses just come in and say 'wow, wow'."
Tom added: "Alfie lives, comfortably, happily, without ventilation, without any form of ventilation.
"That must be enough for you now to consider that Alfie may prove you wrong."
But Tom this morning told LBC that he believes that Alder Hey doctors "hate him" for fighting against the decision to end his life support.
It comes after Tom and partner Kate James last night kept a bedside vigil next to their son last night, with mum Kate posting the poignant clip of little Alfie with the words: "My whole entire world I love you so much baby boy".
The clip was shared just hours after Appeals Court judges ruled the tot, who suffers from an unknown degenerative brain condition, will not be flown to Italy for a possible diagnosis and treatment.
But Tom this morning told media outside the Liverpool hospital: "Some people say it's a miracle, it's not a miracle, it's a misdiagnosis.
"There's no miracle about this. I've had a feeling about Alfie's condition for a while now, and I've always said I struggle to believe it was a neurological disease."
He said that while Alfie was "a little bit weak", the tot should be allowed to go home.
Protesters have been gathered outside the hospital to show their support for Alfie and his family, who have been fighting the courts for months to have their son receive a diagnosis and treatment.
They were reportedly blocked from entering the hospital amid claims from a family friend that "disgusting" doctors had mistreated sick Alfie.
Overnight, mum Kate shared a photograph of her toddler son, writing: "How gorgeous is this boy tho".
Alfie has been in a "semi-vegetative state" for more than a year and is currently only receiving oxygen after being taken off life support on Monday following a series of court rulings.
Doctors argued that it was in the little boy's best interest to end his life support rather than be taken to Italy — a view repeatedly backed by the courts.
Latest on the Alfie Evans case:
- Alfie Evans' parents lose Appeal Court bid this week to overturn decision stopping the tot being taken to Italy for treatment
- Mum Kate James claims Alfie is "struggling and needs immediate intervention"
- Alder Hey's staff and docs subjected to a "barrage" of abuse, hospital bosses say
- Rumours on social media calling for hospital to be stormed last night as dad Tom postpones statement as parents keep bedside vigil beside their son
- Appeal Court judge calls for investigation into the "darker side" to some offers of support given to parents of terminally ill children
- The Pope put a military air ambulance on standby in an attempt to have the 23-month-old boy be flown to the Vatican
- Alfie, diagnosed with a brain condition, had his life support removed at 9.17pm on Monday and has been since been put on oxygen
- Dad Tom Evans tried to privately prosecute three doctors for conspiracy to murder his son, court is told
- Judge says there is "virtually nothing left" of Alfie's brain
Last night Merseyside Police warned supporters of Alfie's family that their social media posts are being monitored over reports that Alder Hey doctors are being hit with abuse.
Ch Insp Chris Gibson said: "Any offences including malicious communications and threatening behaviour will be investigated and where necessary will be acted upon".
And an open letter from the heads of Alder Hey said their staff had been subjected to a "barrage" of abuse both online and in person.
Chairman Sir David Henshaw and chief executive Louise Shepherd wrote: "In the last two weeks we have found ourselves at the centre of a social media storm that has included many untrue statements about our work and the motivations of our staff.
"This has led to often inappropriate interventions from a range of external bodies and individuals, some of which have caused significant disruption to our children, families and staff."
And Appeal Court judge Lord Justice McFarlane called for an investigation into the "darker side" to some offers of support given to parents of terminally ill children.
Responding to last night's judgement, a spokesperson for Alder Hey said: "We note today’s ruling from the Appeal Court which has rejected both applications to take Alfie to Italy.
"Our top priority is to continue to provide Alfie with the care he deserves and to ensure his comfort, dignity and privacy are maintained at this time."
Before the shattering decision, the court heard dad Tom had tried to privately prosecute three doctors for conspiracy to murder his son.
Lord Justice Sir Andrew McFarlane criticised Tom's legal team over their claims that there was "no hostility" towards hospital staff.
Alder Hey has been the scene of protests for more than a week and a heavy police presence has been in force at its entrances.
Lord Justice McFarlane said: “Your client purported to take out a private prosecution to have three named doctors charged with the criminal offence of conspiracy to murder.
“Those summonses were served on the doctors and I hear you say that there is no hostility to the NHS.”
A lawyer representing Tom had argued that there had been a "significant change of circumstances" because the tot was still breathing despite his life support being turned off.
Paul Diamond said the family should “not be bound by a decision which is now three months old”.
And yesterday morning Alfie's dad Tom said his 23-month-old son was "still fighting" and continuing to defy the odds.
But a lawyer representing Alfie's mum Kate said the youngster was "struggling and needs immediate intervention".
The court heard an air ambulance was on standby at the request of the Pope.
A German air ambulance crew was reportedly escorted from Alder Hey by police ahead of the latest hearing.
Alfie's aunt Sarah Evans wrote: "Please continue to pray Alfie is still fighting."
Supporters were reportedly later seen running into the hospital entrance with what appeared to be medical equipment.
A High Court judge on Tuesday made the devastating call to reject a last-ditch attempt to take Alfie abroad — but asked doctors if it is possible to consider letting the 23-month-old tot go home.
A petition urging the Queen to help save Alfie reached more than 110,000 signatures in just two days.
It came as Piers Morgan urged the authorities to allow the tot's parents to release him from hospital to spend his final hours at home.
The Good Morning Britain presenter tweeted: "At least let his parents take him home to die, for goodness sake. He's THEIR little boy, nobody else's. #AlfieEvans"
Actress Kym Marsh added: “Praying hard for #alfieevans right now. Keep fighting little man.”
On Tuesday Mr Justice Hayden described Alfie as "a fighter" as he raised the possibility of allowing the tot home or to a hospice for parents Tom Evans and Kate James to be with him in his final days.
He told the emergency High Court hearing in Manchester: "If there were a more constructive attitude from the family might other options become possible, away from Alder Hey?", adding that taking Alfie home had been suggested.
But a doctor replied that there was a "genuine fear" among hospital staff of angry demonstrators supporting Alfie's family — adding it could take three to five days to put a plan in place.
On "courageous" Alfie's future care, Mr Justice Hayden added that options will be discussed with his parents "with the objective of promoting a removal from hospital if possible."
But the judge branded Italy’s efforts to grant Alfie Italian citizenship to see him taken abroad as "disrespectful the principles of international diplomacy".
And he slammed some supporters of Alfie’s parents for giving them "misleading" advice that he said had damaged their relationship with the hospital.
There have been angry demonstrations and attempts to storm the hospital over recent days as Alfie's case makes its way through the courts.
Mr Justice Hayden branded one man a "fanatic" who believed he knew better than the law — and warned the demonstrator had come "perilously" close to being held in contempt of court.
Alfie's life support was switched off on Monday night after the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene in the case.
But medics were left "gobsmacked" that the sick tot had continued to breathe for a further 19 hours before he was put on oxygen on Tuesday.
Alder Hey insisted during Tuesday's hearing that doctors had explained that he could survive for hours or even days after his ventilator was withdrawn.
Refusing to accept the case for changing Alfie’s care plan, Mr Justice Hayden said: “There is capacity for something of his brain stem to generate breathing.
“But there is no sense of touch or taste or hearing and the brain remains predominantly water.”
Responding to the High Court ruling, Alder Hey said last on Tuesday: "This evening the High Court again ruled that it is in Alfie's best interests to continue with the end of life care plan developed by the clinical team who have cared for him throughout.
"Our top priority therefore remains in ensuring Alfie receives the care he deserves to ensure his comfort, dignity and privacy are maintained throughout.
"This includes working closely with Kate and Tom as they spend this precious time together with him.
"We would be grateful if respect and consideration is shown to all our staff, patients and families at the hospital at this difficult time."
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