Liverpool, England, Feb 20, 2018 / 16:49 pm
A British court ruled Tuesday that physicians can stop providing life support, against his parents' wishes, to Alfie Evans, a 21-month old boy who has an unknown neurological degenerative condition.
Evans is in a "semi-vegetative state" and on life support at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, where doctors have said further efforts are futile and went to court to argue that continuing treatment, as his parents wish, is not in Evans' best interest.
Justice Anthony Hayden of the High Court ruled Feb. 20 that "Alfie's need now is for good quality palliative care … He requires peace, quiet, and stability, so that he may conclude his life as he has lived it."
"I am satisfied that continued ventilatory support is no longer in Alfie's interests. This decision I appreciate will be devastating news to Alfie's parents. I hope they will take time to read this judgement again."