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YOUR SAY: Tragic case of terminally ill Alfie Evans has split opinion

YOUR SAY: Tragic case of terminally ill Alfie Evans has split opinion

Doctors say Alfie is in a "semi-vegetative state" as the result of a degenerative neurological condition that medics have been unable to definitively identify. "It's not changing his breathing but it's oxygenating his body", he added.

MRI scans showed Alfie's brain was damaged beyond recovery and, by December 2017, the hospital applied to end life support treatment. "Moved by the prayers and huge solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted", the message read.

The pope also recently tweeted about Alfie, saying it was his "sincere hope that everything necessary may be done in order to continue compassionately accompanying little Alfie Evans, and that the deep suffering of his parents may be heard". The hospital has argued that continuing treatment is not in his best interest.

He has previously been granted Italian citizenship by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy.

Pope Francis tweeted this evening in clear support of Alfie and his parents, saying: "Moved by the prayers and enormous solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted".

'The Italian government hopes that in this way, being an Italian citizen will enable the immediate transfer of the child to Italy'.

All legal avenues appeared to have been exhausted for the family until a further hearing by Mr Justice Hayden was announced earlier on Tuesday at the Family Division of the High Court in Manchester.




'Alfie is a British citizen, he is undoubtedly habitually resident in the United Kingdom, ' he said. The crowd retreated after a stand-off to gather on the road shouting: "Save Alfie Evans".

'He falls therefore under the jurisdiction of the High Court'.

In Liverpool, about 200 protesters turned up at the hospital yesterday and some were blocked by a line of police from an attempt to storm the hospital after the parents lost their latest appeal.

'I feel totally impotent. The hospital knows I'm here but they told me they don't want to talk to me, ' she said according to the Telegraph. We are appealing today because we have got to act quickly. - On Monday a hospitalized British child at the center of a heated legal battle was granted Italian citizenship, part of an effort to delay shutting off his life-support, and to transfer him to a Roman hospital for additional treatment and medical evaluation.

Alder Hey Children's Hopsital, where he is fighting for life, has said no updates will be released "out of respect for the privacy of Alfie".

"They say Alfie's suffering".