London, England, Apr 6, 2018 / 15:07 pm
As the parents of a sick toddler fight for continued treatment, saying that he is showing signs of improvement, the hospital where he is staying is requesting court permission to end his life support.
At 23 months old, Alfie Evans has been under continuous hospitalization since December 2016. He is in a "semi-vegetative state" due to an unknown neurological degenerative condition.
His parents, Kate James and Tom Evans, say that he has recently grown "stronger and more responsive," noting that he could take a few breaths on his own and was stretching, coughing, swallowing, and yawning.
However, Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool said this week that it would be seeking advice from London's High Court over a date when Alfie's life support could be withdrawn, according to the BBC.