Alfie Evans: Time to build a bridge says boy's father

Group to gather outside Wrexham courts to show support for Alfie Evans

On Monday the Pope tweeted: "Moved by the prayers and enormous solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted".

"The end of life plan is in place and the hospital will now be managing it".

"While he now has some oxygen and some fluid, this has taken huge effort to obtain for him", it said.

Alfie Evans is now being treated at Alder Hey hospital, not the Royal.

Mr Evans' lawyer, Paul Diamond, said: "We say the order of Mr Justice Hayden was simply to remove life-sustaining equipment because there is no medical cure".

Mr Diamond told the court a military air ambulance was on standby "at the request of the Pope".

But the British courts have refused to allow the child, who continues to fight after being taken off life support earlier this week, to be transferred to Italy. According to the president of Bambino Gesu, "a positive outcome would be hard, but the baby's suffering can be alleviated".

Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the Royal and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "I - along with staff at our hospitals - have been upset and disheartened by the ongoing abuse and threats aimed at our colleagues at Alder Hey and other NHS staff in the past few weeks".

Doctors at Alder Hey have argued that Alfie can not recover from his "relentless and progressive" brain condition that has left him in a semi-vegetative state.

The couple have apparently exhausted all legal options to continue their son's treatment overseas after losing their "last chance" appeal to overturn a High Court ruling to end his life on Wednesday afternoon.

Now, Evans says he will ask doctors to let the ill toddler go home.

But Tom has disputed the diagnosis, arguing that Alfie was "still fighting" and was "comfortable" despite being taken off life support three days ago.

He added: "Alfie doesn't need intensive care any more".

"Get Alfie home, please", he said.

But he later told reporters that in his son's interests he and partner Kate would now work together with his treatment team and praised Alder Hey staff for their "professionalism". The call comes just hours after Evans said the hospital "hates" his family and his treating them like "criminals."

"We submit there is a likelihood of Alfie having some pleasure in life", he said.

Alfie has been in Alder Hey with a rare undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition since December 2016. Since coming off the ventilator, he has breathed unaided, which Evans said was a "shock" both to him and the boy's mother.

That same day, a statement issued by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales put its weight behind the hospital and the decisions of the courts.

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