Another HORRIBLE story from the UK.
The British government is sentencing another sick child to death because their socialist healthcare system refuses to do everything they can to save the child’s life… and they won’t let the parents look for outside help.
U.K. Police blocked Alfie Evans’ parents from taking him out of the hospital after Alfie’s father obtained an attorney’s letter advising him to do so.
Tom Evans and Kate James, Alfie Evans’ parents, filed a last-minute appeal earlier on Thursday for their son to be allowed to receive treatment at hospitals in Germany or Italy. Their efforts are against the U.K. High Court’s final ruling Alfie would be taken off life support on April 13, according to Life Site News. Tom, however, obtained a letter from attorney Pavel Stroilov of the Christian Legal Centre, which has been representing Tom and Kate in court, advising Tom he could legally remove Alfie from the hospital, according to Life Site News. Tom attempted to do so, but Alder Hey Hospital called the police, who ultimately blocked Tom and Kate from retrieving their son.
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The U.K. High Court, U.K. Appeals Court, and European Court of Human Rights all ruled against Tom and Kate’s desires over the last several months to have Alfie treated for an unknown neurological degenerative condition the hospital said reduced Alfie to a vegetative state. Alfie, however, is still responsive — videos prove his cognitive functions are actually progressing, his parents argue. Nevertheless, the courts and the hospital maintain treating Alfie is futile and thus will not allow the parents to seek treatment for their son anywhere else.
Tom and Kate’s family friend posted a video Thursday of police and hospital staff blocking them from removing Alfie from medical grounds, despite Stroilov’s letter.
“I have a documentation saying that I have the right to take my son out of this hospital,” Tom said in a video posted to Twitter.
Tom and Kate had the right to remove Alfie from the hospital according to U.K. law, the letter explained. An individual has the right to self discharge; but since Alfie is a minor, his parents may make that decision — especially since they voluntarily brought him to the hospital originally. The staff at Alder Hey Hospital would remove Alfie from life support on July 13, the U.K. High Court ruled. The ruling did not technically prevent Tom and Kate from choosing to take Alfie out of the hospital, Stroilov argued.
“You have asked me to clarify whether it would be legal for you to remove your son, Alfie, from Alder Hey Hospital without the Hospital’s consent. In Alfie’s situation, that would only be practical with the support of a team of medical professionals with the necessary life support equipment.
Subject to that, I can confirm that such a removal would be lawful under English law. Alfie is only in hospital because you, his parents, voluntarily sought its healthcare services. Alfie retains the right to self-discharge from hospital. He is not imprisoned there. Because of his minority, it is for you, as his parents, to make a decision to self-discharge or to stay at hospital.
The effect of the declaratory orders made by Mr. Justice Hayden in the High Court is to make it lawful for Alder Hey to withdraw his artificial ventilation treatment and to protect Alder Hay and its staff from legal liability for that step. It is not the intention or effect of the order to circumvent Alfie’s personal liberty or your parental rights. It remains lawful for an alternative team of medical professionals, with your parental consent, to provide such medical treatment to Alfie as they professionally deem to be appropriate,” the letter stated, according to Life Site News.
The police, however, would not budge. Alfie remains in the hospital, set to die on court order on July 13.
“Alder Hey is stopping us. Alder Hey is calling the police. To murder my son. Alder Hey has phoned the police to stop me from taking my son out of the hospital. This is my son. Look at my healthy, healthy young boy who’s undiagnosed and is certainly not dying. There’s the ventilator. We have all the equipment,” Tom added in his video.
The finally has filed one last appeal, but if recent history teaches us anything, it’s that the British government doesn’t care about protecting their citizens or their rights.
The parents of Alfie Evans filed a last-minute appeal Wednesday for their son to receive treatment outside the U.K. instead of shutting off his life-support.
Tom Evans and Kate James filed their appeal on behalf of their son after Mr. Justice Anthony Hayden of the U.K. High Court set a date for Alder Hey Hospital staff to shut off Alfie’s life support, effectively sentencing him to die, according to LifeSite News. Hayden chose to keep the date of Alfie’s impending death private; but while the U.K. press refused to publish the date, Italian newspaper La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana reported Hayden set April 13 as Alfie’s final day of life.
Alfie was born in May 2016 without complication but developed a chest infection in December of the same year, for which his parents brought him to Alder Hey hospital. Alfie’s condition deteriorated as he developed an unknown neurological degenerative condition reducing him to what the hospital called a “semi-vegetable state.” Alfie’s treatment should continue, Tom and Kate argued. When hospital staff told them continuing to treat their son would be “futile,” they requested him to be transferred to the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital.
The hospital sought guidance from the U.K. High Court in February. Hayden agreed with the hospital’s assessment of Alfie’s condition and ruled continued treatment for Alfie would be “unkind, unfair and inhumane.” Since that Feb. 20 ruling, the U.K. Appeals Court and the European Court of Human Rights have ruled against Tom and Kate’s wishes to take their son to hospitals in Italy or Germany that have offered to treat him.
The issue was a matter of parental rights and Alfie’s parents ought to not only have the right to take their child to a different hospital but also to choose the time and place his life support is shut off, Tom and Kate’s lawyer, Paul Diamond of the Christian Legal Centre, argued during the April 11 hearing concerning the date of Alfie’s death.
Alfie’s parents had “primary responsibility for their son and full parental rights,” Diamond said. He also presented a video before the court, which he claimed showed Alfie had improved cognition.
Hayden reportedly ignored Diamond’s arguments and expressed concern about the online distribution of Alfie videos, citing the child’s privacy, according to Life Site.
“[Alfie] has no say over those videos being taken and put on the Internet,” Hayden said, according to Life Site. “Those videos strike me as at times intrusive of his privacy.”
Hayden also accused Tom of compromising his son’s identity, saying he must have been driven to do so by “distress and confusion.”
Tom and Kate, however, remain stalwart in their fight for Alfie’s life, according to Chief Executive of Christian Legal Centre Andrea Williams.
“Thomas and Kate never leave Alfie’s side. They witness to his increasing responsiveness. The state cannot override their desire to seek further treatment for their son especially when such help is being offered by three different hospitals. The state must not pass and enforce a death sentence. Even at this eleventh hour, with heavy odds against us, we will fight to the end alongside Tom and Kate for their son’s life,” a statement from Williams read, according to Life Site.
Tom and Kate hope the court will hear their appeal later on Thursday, they said.