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Posted on 02/26/2018 12:04:59 AM PST by Morgana
FULL TITLE: Alfie Evans Parents Appeal Judges Ruling That Hospital Can Shut Off His Life Support Without Their Consent
As NRL News Today reported on Tuesday, the ventilator keeping grievously ill Alfie Evans alive could be turned off as early as Friday. However in an impromptu press conference outside the Queens Building in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, his father, Tom Evans, said the battle isnt over, this is just the start moments after Mr. Justice Hayden ruled in favor of Alder Hey Hospital which wishes to turn Alfies ventilator off.
But an eleventh-hour legal appeal would be costly for Evans and Kate James, Alfies mother. And then, out of the blue, on Wednesday, Bill Kenwright, the owner of the Everton Football [soccer] Club and a theatre producer, donated a large, undisclosed amount towards meeting the £10,000 (roughly $14,000) fee needed to fund a legal appeal, according to Tom Belger of the Liverpool Echo.
Supporters of the Alfies Army movement tonight on Facebook urged people to donate £10,000 needed to fund a legal appeal.
And within hours of the post they reached their target partly thanks to a huge undisclosed donation from the Everton chairman.
Alfies Army supporter Kayleigh Rebecca wrote: We couldnt be more grateful for each and everyone of Alfies supporters who have helped!
Alfies auntie Sarah wrote: Alfies Army we got over our target I can refund those who need it anyone who doesnt I will be getting it sent to the JustGiving you are all amazing xxxx.
In announcing his decision to turn down Alfies parents request to take him to an Italian hospital, Mr. Justice Hayden said, It was entirely right that every reasonable option should be explored for Alfie. I am now confident that this has occurred. He went on to say
The continued provision of ventilation, in circumstances which I am persuaded are futile, now compromises Alfies future dignity and fails to respect his autonomy.
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I am satisfied that continued ventilatory support is no longer in Alfies best interest. This decision I appreciate will be devastating news to Alfies parents and family.
Alfie, who is 21 months old, has been at the hospital since December 2016 with a condition that defies a definitive diagnosis.
All through the seven-day-long hearing, Evans, who served as his own attorney, vigorously challenged the hospitals conclusions that treatment was futile and offered counter-examples that Alfie was responsive.
Once the judges decision was handed down, a furious Evans said he would never give up:
Can you believe my son is being sentenced to a death sentence with two days to go? Im not crying because I know how wrong they are and I know how strong my boy is. My boy is strong, my boy is comfortable. This isnt over, this is just the start. I am going to take this NHS down. Im not giving up. My son aint giving up.
My son is two years of age and hes been sentenced to the death penalty. How wrong is that?
Terris list ping
On the one hand I don’t think hospitals should be required to forever provide care for free. At the same time on the other extreme I don’t want only the richest people ever to have the ability to be kept alove until they may recover as well. There has to be some level/range of happy medium. I also think that if a hospital is unwillng to care for someone anymore if another hospital will take that patient, they need to turn that patient over to the willing hospital as soon as possible.
Free for tax paying citizens. Illegals can pay for it out of pocket or go home.
This case is in the UK.
Another Charlie Gard.
When the government supplies your health care, the government makes the decisions.
I searched to see if theres been an update since Morgana posted this. Ive found some new articles, but they dont appear to show anything new. I did come across a blog about Alfie. I think its written by his family. I havent had a chance to do more than glance at it, but it appears to be very informative as to the background. I dont know if it contains any recent updates.
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