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Alfie Evans treatment fight could go to Europe

The parents of a 22-month-old boy at the centre of a life-support treatment battle are considering whether to take their case to Europe after the UK Supreme Court ruled that doctors can stop treating their son.

Tom Evans and Kate James will meet lawyers today to consider taking their fight for their son, Alfie Evans, to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) after all legal avenues in the UK were exhausted by Tuesday’s ruling from the highest court in land.

A High Court judge has ruled that doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool can stop treating Alfie, against the wishes of his young parents.

Removing his ventilator would swiftly end his life.

Alfie’s parents, who are from Liverpool, wanted to stage a fight at the Supreme Court in London.

But Supreme Court justices decided the case is not worth arguing and refused to give the couple permission to mount a further appeal.

The family’s solicitor, Mary Holmes, said they will now consider taking their fight to the ECHR.

She said: “It is such a difficult case to deal with.

“In this particular case the outcome could be a child will lose his life.”

Judges have heard that Alfie, who was born on 9th May 2016, is in a “semi-vegetative state” and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors had not definitively diagnosed.

Specialists at Alder Hey said life support treatment should stop and further intervention was futile.

Alfie’s parents want to explore further treatment at a hospital in Rome.

Picture: Tom Evans and Kate James, the parents of 22-month-old Alfie Evans, who are at the centre of a life-support treatment battle are considering whether to take their case to Europe after the UK Supreme Court ruled that doctors can stop treating their son. (Philip Toscano/PA).