LEICESTER, UK – Just days after Alfie Evan's life was saved at a hospital in Liverpool, his parents want to build a bridge with the hospital staff to treat their son.
Alfie's parents – Thomas Evans (21) and Kate James (20) have litigated to bring Alfie to the Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital in the Vatican for treatment.
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Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital argues that keeping Alfie on a ventilator is not in his "best interests" and further treatment would be pointless and inhuman.
Parents' efforts to move their child received support from around the world, including from Pope Francis, who tweeted on Monday, "I repeat my appeal that the suffering of his parents can be heard and that they have new forms of treatment
Italy gave Alfie Italian citizenship to facilitate his transfer, and the Government of Poland also expressed its support for the family.
After the Evans family lost their last legal challenge, the hospital has removed ventilation, but Alfie has survived longer than predicted, and has received oxygen, nutrition and hydration.
Hundreds of supporters surrounded the plant during the monthslong court battle, which contained numerous appeals, between the family and Alder Hey.
Hospital workers said they had felt threatened, and the hospital administration complained about the restlessness of other patients and their families.
Evans also accused the hospital of neglect saying that they are trying to euthanate his son.
On April 25, the hospital published a statement about "often inappropriate interventions by a number of external bodies and individuals, some of which have caused significant disruption to our children, families and co-workers."
"As Organization, we endured attacks on our motivation, our professionalism and our ethics, it was a very difficult time, "the statement says. "Our day-to-day work in a hospital, which requires a significant police presence just to keep our patients, staff and visitors safe, is totally unacceptable." As late as Thursday morning, Evans told LBC Radio: "They [Alder Hey hospital] hate us, they do not like us, we're not like them."
"It's like we're criminals ̵
But later that day, Evans and James met with doctors to repair fences. They later issued a statement that Evans read to reporters.
Alfie Evans & # 39; s father thanked the supporters of the family but asked Alfie's army to leave Alder Hey Hospital. Tom Evans says he wants to establish a new relationship with the hospital. It comes after a meeting with Alder Hey to discuss whether Alfie can go home. Here's what Tom said: pic.twitter.com/F6oFlkY5bc
– BBC North West (@BBCNWT) April 26, 2018
He thanked his followers, begged them but to stop the demonstration
"We would now ask you to return to your everyday life and build a relationship, build a bridge and walk over it, Kate and Alder Hey," he said.
"We wish us too Thanks to Alder Hey employees at all levels for their dignity and professionalism at a time that must be an incredibly difficult time for them, together we recognize the rigors of recent events and we now want privacy for all concerned, "he said.
"In Alfie's interest, we will work with his treatment team on a plan that needs our boys with dignity and comfort," he said.
Evans also said that the family would not testify or give interviews to the press.
Catholic Church in England and Wales Defend Hospital
The Alder Hey Hospital is one of the UK's leading children's hospitals and the case of Alfie Evans has brought it into the eye of the storm.
Especially in Italy, the refusal of the hospital to let Alfie come to Rome met with incomprehension.
Mariella Enoc, President of Bambino Gesù, said in an interview: "It's a bit difficult for us to understand why they will not let him be transported," and even flew to Liverpool to talk to Alder Hey employees speak.
Bishop Francesco Cavina of Carpi, in northern Italy – who helped arrange a meeting between Thomas Evans and Pope Francis – said "it's hard to understand why parents can not transfer their child.
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Yet, the Catholic Church in England and Wales quickly defended the hospital and announced on April 18, immediately after Evans' meeting the Pope – a statement in which she stated: "The professionalism and care of seriously ill children The Alder Hey Hospital must be acknowledged and confirmed" and the public criticism of their work as unfounded. "
" We affirm our conviction that those who have made the agonizing decisions regarding the care of Alfie Evans and have integrity and for Alfie is good as they see it, "it said in the statement.
One week later, on April 25th Archbishop Malcolm McMahon traveled from Liverpool to Rome and sp (19659002) "I explained to him that the Catholic people of Liverpool are heartbroken for Alfie and his parents t and continues to offer support and prayer, "he said The Tablet .
But the archbishop added: "I am well aware of the compassion that characterizes the Italian people to the needy, and in this case Alfie, but I know that our medical and legal system in the UK is also on
McMahon reported The Tablet he was grateful for the medical care Alfie receives in Alder Hey, as well as the pastoral care of the chaplains of the hospital.
"I know that they do everything humanly possible, and our prayer in this difficult moment is that the Lord will give everyone the spiritual power to face the immediate future," he said.
Alfie's case compares to that of Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old infant who died of a rare disease after a legal battle last summer.
The Pope also expressed his support for Charlie and his family, and the Bambino Gesù Hospital offered to treat him in Rome.