By Rebecca Thomas
Alfie Evans’ parents have taken their appeal to keep their son on life support to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Alfie has a mystery condition and his parents Tom Evans and Kate James want to take Alfie abroad for treatment at a specialist hospital in Rome.
The ECHR had confirmed they are considering the case and a request to halt withdrawal treatment. Liverpool Alder Hey Children’s Hospital say more treatment is futile.
This appeal comes after the Supreme Court, which is the highest court in the UK, refused an appeal against a High Court ruling that medics can switch off his life support.
The ECHR has said that judges were examining issues relating to the case but no decision had yet been made.
A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court had said that the couple’s bid had been rejected after analysing written arguments from everyone involved.
After the decision was announced Mr Evans tweeted that the court has “not even acknowledged Alfie’s rights to live or that he has no diagnosis [therefore] no proof he will not live.”
The parents want to take Alfie to the Vatican-linked Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital in Rome for treatment.