Christian law firm makes last-ditch effort to stop hospital from pulling Alfie Evans’ life support
LIVERPOOL, England, April 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The London-based Christian Legal Centre has announced that it is stepping in on behalf of 23-month-old Alfie Evans.
On Wednesday, Christian Legal Centre standing counsel Paul Diamond will represent Alfie’s parents, Thomas Evans and Kate James, in a hearing before Justice Anthony Hayden of the High Court of England and Wales, Independent Catholic News reported. They are challenging Alder Hey Children's Hospital, which is seeking permission to remove Alfie’s life support on Thursday. Hayden previously sided with the hospital.
Evans has an unidentified neurodegenerative condition that Alder Hey Hospital claims is untreatable. For months, Alfie’s parents have been locked in a legal battle with UK courts to stop the hospital from removing Alfie’s life support. Their appeals have been denied at every turn, most recently at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France.
Last Thursday, the family expressed encouragement that the hospital agreed to consider new treatment options, but just hours later James accused Alder Hey of going “behind our backs” to stop Alfie’s ventilator.
Diamond intends to argue that because Alfie’s condition has markedly improved since February, as evidenced by videos of the baby breathing on his own, the court should allow an independent neurologist to assess his current condition. The family further notes that hospitals in Rome, Milan, and Munich have all offered to receive Alfie and give him new diagnoses, and says he has been deemed fit to fly.
“Thomas and Kate never leave Alfie's side. They witness to his increasing responsiveness,” Christian Legal Centre chief executive Andrea Williams said. “The state cannot override their desire to seek further treatment for their son, especially when such help is being offered by three different hospitals. The state must not pass and enforce a death sentence. Even at this 11th hour, with heavy odds against us, we will fight to the end alongside Tom and Kate for their son's life.”
On Tuesday, Evans spoke candidly in a Facebook post about his son’s prospects and Alder Hey’s efforts.
“Alfie’s was having okay couple days until last night he was having frequent seizures so we sent of sputum tests and urine and he had a urine infection, part of his right lung had collapsed and his left lung had consolidation on it,” Evans wrote, asking for prayers. Still, Alfie is “not dying” and “fights through seizures without any effect taking to him.”
“Tomorrow could be the day he is executed,” Evans added. “From god how are these devils amongst us!”