London, England, Mar 6, 2018 / 15:43 pm
On Tuesday, London's Court of Appeal upheld a lower court's decision to end life support for an ill 21-month-old boy, despite the parent's wishes to continue treatment.
Justice Anthony Hayden of the High Court ordered two weeks ago that life support could be removed from Alfie Evans, who is stationed at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. Hayden said that "continued ventilatory support is no longer in Alfie's interests."
Alfie is in a "semi-vegetative state" due to an unknown neurological degenerative condition. His parents want to transfer him to the Vatican-linked Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital in Rome, to receive further diagnosis and treatment.
However, the Liverpool hospital where Alfie is currently said it considered further treatment to be "futile."