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Alfie Evans could be airlifted to Italy if last-minute appeal succeeds

Alfie Evans could be airlifted to Italy if last-minute appeal succeeds

He continued: "They say Alfie is suffering".

The Pope and the Bambino GesĂș hospital in Rome have fought to help Alfie's parents continue their son's treatment in hopes of finding a diagnosis for the toddler's rare condition.

'Alfie has survived much longer than the doctors predicted, lending support to the request from Alfie's parents for Alfie to be seen by medical experts in Italy, ' she said.

"An air ambulance is now waiting outside Alder Hey Hospital ready to take Alfie to hospital in Italy".

Roger Kiska, a solicitor for the Christian Legal Centre, who is supporting the parents Tom and Kate Evans, said: "It's been a miraculous evening to say the least".

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"I think it's right to give Alfie another chance", Tajani said on the sidelines of a meeting in Brussels with the president of the Italian Bishops Conference, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti.

The spokeswoman added: 'He will argue that Alfie should be allowed to travel to Italy where doctors are ready to care for him'. In a statement on its official website the Ministry says: "Ministers Alfano and Minniti have granted Italian citizenship to little Alfie".

Pope Francis again expressed support for the boy's parents tweeting on Monday evening: "Moved by the prayers and vast 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". A crowd of more than 200 supporters tried to storm Alder Hey hospital on Monday, and Alfie's family confronted police officers within the hospital after the United Kingdom courts affirmed plans to remove Alfie from life support and administer a sedative cocktail to him at 12 p.m.

Last Wednesday, Thomas Evans, the boy's father met Pope Francis at his Casa Santa Marta residence in Rome. "Everyone anticipated that when life-sustaining measures - that being oxygen and water were removed - that for Alfie it would literally be minutes before he passed away". "If Your Holiness helps our child, Your Holiness will be potentially saving the future for our children in the United Kingdom, especially the disabled". In December of that year, the sick toddler suffered a chest infection and was hospitalized for seizures.