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British Appeals Court Agrees To Hear Alfie Evans Case
| Ed Morrissey
Posted on 04/25/2018 12:31:30 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
As Alfie Evans valiantly struggles to stay alive, his legal hopes of traveling outside of the UK for treatment got an unexpected boost. After what appeared to be a final ruling from the court yesterday that denied Evans’ parents the opportunity to use the air ambulance standing by to carry the child to Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital at the Vatican, the Evans’ attorneys got contacted by a judge explaining that they could launch another appeal. The case will get heard again this afternoon:
Sir Andrew McFarlane, will head a panel of three Court of Appeal judges due to hear arguments about the 23-month-old at a hearing in London on Wednesday afternoon.
A spokeswoman for the Christian Legal Centre said the judge would be asked to allow medical experts in Italy to examine Alfie.
Alfies parents have already lost two rounds of fights, in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.
The chances of a reversal is likely somewhere between slim and none, given the precedents in British courts, but it does at least represent another opportunity for common sense to prevail. The Evanses are not arguing for more treatment from the British medical system; all they want is to have the opportunity to seek treatment elsewhere. That costs the UK nothing at all while preserving the parents as the primary authority for the child. Absent evidence of abuse or neglect, the parents should have priority on deciding what is best for their child, especially when the government-run health care system is attempting to impose a regime of fatal neglect onto their child.
It’s somewhat mystifying as to why the courts have ruled against the Evanses. Doctors have no specific diagnosis, and their prognosis — that Alfie couldn’t live off the ventilator — has already been proven wrong. Eventually he’ll die without medical care, but that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Some doctors in the UK have also raised these same questions. The chair of the Medical Ethics Alliance has dozens of doctors co-signing a letter demanding an end to “medical tyranny,” and pointing out that viable alternatives still exist for Alfie:
The parents are being tortured as they watch the hospital take actions expected to lead to his death, said the April 24 letter, which was co-signed by nearly 60 others, including a number of prominent Catholic doctors.
Despite a viable alternative being available (namely transfer by air ambulance for further assessment to a specialist hospital in Rome), the hospital and doctors responsible for his care insist that he remains under their care and on a pathway toward death, the letter said.
While he now has some oxygen and some fluid, this has taken huge effort to obtain for him, it said.
The letter continued: Actions such as these have now brought the Alder Hey (Childrens) Hospital to worldwide attention and, by extension, bring our whole profession into disrepute.
Medical tyranny must stop, it said. Poor Alfie must not be killed in this way, they said, demanding his safe passage to Rome.
World leaders have begun questioning the logic here, too. Pope Francis put out an appeal for British courts to let Alfie leave, and Polish president Andrzej Duda declared this morning that “Alfie must be saved!”
Good will seems in short supply. For some reason, British courts have more interest in protecting doctors’ reputations than allowing parents to choose to find medical treatment outside the country for their sick children. If the appeals court chooses otherwise, it would be a very large — and very welcome — surprise.
TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: alfieevans; appealscourt; extendednews; frontpage; nhs
posted on 04/25/2018 12:37:56 PM PDT
("Prophet Mountainman" Predicter Of All Things RINO...for a small fee.)
This is what happens when the government has the power of life and death over “citizens.” (Slaves, not citizens.)
NHS has the power of life and death. There is no appeal from the government. This is the goal and dream of socialists everywhere: the government deciding who lives and who dies. (Abortion, euthanasia.)
Complete control of thoughts and opinions. Complete control over who works where, and who earns what. Government sees all money transactions, and takes its cut. This is what we are heading for if crazy bernie is elected.
When the government gives everyone a job, the government, obviously, has to have complete control over jobs! It’s simple logic. (Present participle expletive of popular Anglo-Saxon verb deleted.) (Imprecation invoking Deity, calling for eternal damnation of socialists deleted.)
posted on 04/25/2018 12:40:01 PM PDT
by I want the USA back
(The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. Orwell.)
To: I want the USA back
“NHS has the power of life and death.”
The Brits have a new god, and it is called the NHS. Acquiescence to its power is essential for the NHS god to be happy... more human sacrifice is required to display the total power of the pagan bureaucrats, judges, doctors, and all the not-so hidden enablers.
I read that the Italian doctors are waiting at this so-called ‘hospital’ to take their new citizen, Alfie, back to Italy for diagnosis and treatment (something the NHS god has failed to do). The active euthanasia ‘treatment’ (e.g.,administering breathing suppressant drugs) was stopped when the Italian govt. threatened murder charges.
Please step aside NHS god and let Alfie and his parents go get some real help.
BTW-Terry Schiavo was killed by the same evil in America, but thankfully we still do not have the SINGLE PAYER god to speed things up... yet...
posted on 04/25/2018 1:12:21 PM PDT
posted on 04/25/2018 1:18:51 PM PDT
(Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
Socialized medicine. Dontcha just love it?
Grab the kid. Whisk him away to Rome on a private plane, and don’t come back to England. Ever.
posted on 04/25/2018 1:34:37 PM PDT
(If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.)
I suppose they’ll let the baby continue to starve while/until they hold the hearing.
posted on 04/25/2018 1:36:04 PM PDT
(Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
posted on 04/25/2018 2:02:19 PM PDT
by Gene Eric
(Don't be a statist!)
posted on 04/25/2018 2:45:07 PM PDT
posted on 04/25/2018 2:53:57 PM PDT
("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
The UK has become unworthy of being a nation.
In light of the government’s satanic death cult, the NHS, which openly practices forced euthanasia and other horrors, I am inclined to hope that Islam completely defeats England, and utterly destroys the Brits. They deserve to lose their country and their freedoms, for the gross cowardice and incompetence they have aptly demonstrated over these many decades, both as individuals and as a nation. There are no men in Great Britain, so to Hell with them. They worship Satan, so let him own their souls.
posted on 04/25/2018 5:05:17 PM PDT
............... especially when the BANKRUPT government-run health care system is attempting to impose a regime of fatal neglect onto their child.
There, fixed it.
To: I want the USA back
That is an incredible MUST-READ story post 13.
posted on 04/25/2018 8:39:23 PM PDT
( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
Doctors fecking GOVERNMENT doctors have no diagnosis, yet theyve determined this child has a terminal disease and must be forced to die at their hand. What is actually the case is Alfie has been given the thumbs-down by the death panel.
Great Britain??? *SPIT*
Every conservative should shove this saga squarely in the face of those filthy socialists who think single payer is such a great stride forward.
posted on 04/26/2018 2:55:17 AM PDT
( Liberals, go find another country.)
I imagine if this were William and Kate’s baby, he wouldn’t be starving to death.
What a nightmare for the family.
I just read this on a facebook post: "The reason the Government has placed security in the hospital to prevent the parents from taking the child to another country for treatment that could save his life is a very simple one. The reason they are just now starting the process to starve this innocent child to death is due to the fact that way the laws are stated, if this child goes to another that saves his life, he is still a citizen of the U.K. The child will return to the U.K. and will most likely be in need of medical assistance for the rest of his life. Assistance the Government will be forced to pay for. Day nurses, medications, special equipment, etc. So why would they want this child to die at this point in time? Because his second birthday is in mid May. And according to their laws, if he lives to see his second birthday, the Government has no choice except to pay for all his long term medical needs without exception. If they can starve this child now and let him die, they are off the hook for all his medical needs."
posted on 04/26/2018 6:55:40 PM PDT
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