COURT RULES AGAINST PAR­ENTS OF BOY SEEK­ING TREAT­MENT IN ITALY

Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

LON­DON Britain’s Court of Ap­peal ruled Mon­day against the par­ents of a ter­mi­nally ill tod­dler who sought per­mis­sion to take him to Italy for med­i­cal treat­ment.

The par­ents of 23-mon­thold Al­fie Evans have been en­gaged in a pro­tracted le­gal fight with Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal. They asked the Court of Ap­peal to over­turn ear­lier rul­ings that blocked fur­ther med­i­cal treat­ment for their son.

In­stead, jus­tices up­held a lower court’s con­clu­sion that fly­ing Al­fie to a hos­pi­tal in Rome would be point­less.

Some pro­test­ers gath­ered out­side the hos­pi­tal in Liver­pool wept at the news of the ap­peals court’s de­ci­sion. Some chanted “Save Al­fie Evans!”

Al­fie is in a “semi-veg­e­ta­tive state” as the re­sult of a de­gen­er­a­tive neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion that doc­tors have been un­able to defini­tively iden­tify. Lower courts have or­dered the boy’s life sup­port to be with­drawn.

PAUL EL­LIS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

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