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Alfie Evans' family dealt fresh court blow

Alfie Evans' family dealt fresh court blow

A United Kingdom judge has refused to overturn a previous judge's decision that it is in baby Alfie Evans' "best interest" to discontinue ventilation, which will likely cause his death.

Lord Justice Moylan said that it was wrong for Alfie's parents to say that their own views trumped the best interests of the child.

The case ultimately revolves around the question of whether parents have the right to make healthcare decisions for their children.

A High Court judge, Mr Justice Hayden, began overseeing the case on 19 December a year ago.

But Michael Mylonas QC, representing the hospital, said: "One of the problems of this case is they [Alfie's parents] look at him and, barring the paraphernalia of breathing and feeding, he's a sweet, lovely, normal-looking boy who opens his eyes, [and] will smile".

The parents say that their 23-month-old son is not receiving the care and treatment that he needs.

The judge said doctors at the hospital all believe that the sick tot "could not be saved".

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Alfie, whose battle has inspired the support of thousands across the world, suffers from an undiagnosed brain disease.

The justice stated that the parental rights of Tom and Kate over Alife "do not take precedence".

"We're never going to give up on you, Alfie". "In our view the arguments advanced on behalf of the parents provide no basis on which Alfie could be said to be detained, or on which he could to be said to be unlawfully detained", Moylan said, according to Liverpool Echo.

Alder Hey Children's Hospital said in a statement: "At each stage of the legal process the courts have agreed with expert advisers... that Alfie's condition is untreatable". The decision was delivered today at the Court of Justice at about 4:20 PM London time. He is on life support at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital which is part of the UK's National Health Service Foundation Trust.

Doctors said he had a degenerative neurological condition which they have not been able to identify definitively.

However, the family have lost their latest court battle, with judges dismissing their appeal.

The parents have also lost fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights. The court expressly determined that it would be lawful, because treatment would be in Alfie's best interests and that no other available course would be.