LONDON – The parents of a terminally ill British toddler, whose case has received support from Pope Francis, plan on Wednesday, hoping to bring him to Italy for treatment.
Supreme Court judge Anthony Hayden denied on Tuesday the last complaint of the parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who suffers from a degenerative neurological disorder that left him in a state of "semi-vegetative state."
The judge said his verdict is "the last chapter in the life of this extraordinary little boy."
But Alfie's parents, who are supported by a Christian advocacy group, had the opportunity to make that decision on Wednesday afternoon Appeal court.
The months-long legal battle between Alfie's parents and his doctors has drawn interv Popes and Italian authorities who support the parents' desire to have their son treated at the Vatican Children's Hospital.
Doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, where Alfie has been treated since December 2016, say he has little brain function and further treatment is futile. The toddler's life support was withdrawn on Monday after a series of court decisions blocked further medical treatment.
Alfie's father, Tom Evans, said Alfie continued to survive without help, and the doctors subsequently provided oxygen and hydration again
Lawyer claimed Tuesday that Alfie believed "significantly better" than before.
But the judge said "the sad truth" is that Alfie's condition had not improved.
Doctors say it is difficult to estimate how long Alfie will live without a living, but there is no chance that he will feel better.
Pope Francis met Alfie's father and appeals to his parents' wishes that only God can decide who dies.
Italy has sent a military plane to Britain to transport Alfie to Rome, if the courts allow it. Alfie also obtained Italian citizenship to facilitate his arrival and transportation.
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