Alfie Evans case: Court rules against parents again

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A United Kingdom judge has refused to overturn a previous judge's decision that it is in baby Alfie Evans' "best interest" to discontinue ventilation, which will likely cause his death.

Roger Kiska, legal counsel at Christian Legal Centre, told CBN News last week the parents have the legal right to remove Alfie from Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Lord Justice Moylan said that when there's a disagreement between the parents' wishes and the best interests of the child, the latter must prevail, LifeSiteNews reported.

The case ultimately revolves around the question of whether parents have the right to make healthcare decisions for their children.

The hospital said continuing life-support treatment would not be in the 23-month-old's best interests.

The court ruled that his life support won't be turned off until the Supreme Court has reached its decision.

They want to move Alfie to a hospital in Rome or Germany.

Alder Hey said noise from hundreds of protesters supporting the 23-month-old, including the sounding of auto horns, was affecting its patients and staff.

The judge said doctors at the hospital all believe that the sick tot "could not be saved".

The justice stated that the parental rights of Tom and Kate over Alife "do not take precedence".

In addition, Moylan said it is "wrong to say that the parents' own views can trump that judicial determination", according to LifeSiteNews.

The hearing resumed on 1 February at the High Court in Liverpool, in which lawyers acting for the hospital claimed further treatment for Alfie was futile and inhumane.

However, Alder Hey said in a statement: "Noise from recent protests has unfortunately affected our patients so we would ask that noise levels outside the hospital are kept to a minimum and, for example, auto horns are not sounded".

The couple took their case to the Supreme Court on 20 March where justices refused to give the couple permission to mount another appeal. He is on life support at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital which is part of the UK's National Health Service Foundation Trust. His doctors agree that he has an undiagnosed neurological condition that has resulted in serious and irreparable brain damage.

Alfie was born to parents Tom Evans and Kate James, from Bootle, on 9 May 2016.

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