Parents of Alfie Evans to discuss taking toddler home after appeal fails

Parents of Alfie Evans to discuss taking toddler home after appeal fails

Today, Alfie's father said: "We got rejected yesterday to go to Italy unfortunately".

However, his father, Tom, 21, appealed to the family's many supporters to step aside and allow them to "form a relationship" with Alder Hey Children's Hospital and go on to "build a bridge and walk across it".

Staff have also experienced "unprecedented personal abuse" as a result of the legal battle over 's life-support treatment, the hospital said on Thursday.

His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, from Bootle, Merseyside, have been fighting against the hospital's wish to have his ventilator switched off.

Some 5,000 Poles declaring their support for Alfie Evans' parents have signed a petition to President Andrzej Duda, asking him to grant the boy Polish citizenship so that he could be covered by medical care in Poland, according to reports.

Evans said that he will head back to court if Thursday's meeting does not go well. "Some people say it's a miracle, it's a misdiagnosis".

"It is confusing and disappointing to see the Catholic leadership in the U.K., both the bishops and lay leaders like Austen Ivereigh of Catholic Voices U.K., abandon Catholic social teaching and split from the Pope by defending the government instead of Alife and his family", that statement said, in part.

A march will take place in Monasterevin on Saturday to show support for the family of United Kingdom toddler Alfie Evans.

A separate picture also shows Tom resting on a couch just a few feet away from Alfie after gruelling legal proceedings in the last number of days.

Specialists say his brain has been "eroded" and asked for permission to withdraw his life support.

"As I sit next to Alfie's bedside, every second of every day, it encourages me more and more that he will live for "x" amount of months, possibly years".

Alfie's plight has received considerable worldwide media attention in recent days, especially in Italy and the United States.

High Court Justice Anthony Hayden dismissed the parents' case on Tuesday, and said his ruling represented "the final chapter in the life of this extraordinary little boy".

The trust for the hospital in Liverpool has since spoken of the "barrage of highly abusive and threatening" language and behaviour towards medical staff treating the toddler, who has a rare degenerative neurological condition and is considered to be in a semi-vegetative state.

"Alfie is doing good, 72 hours independent breathing", Evans added.

The couple said their son had confounded specialists' expectations by continuing to breathe unaided despite being disconnected from a ventilator and provided with only palliative care.

They say their focus now is on bringing him home, and they want to work with doctors to achieve that.

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