System has failed Alfie Evans, says father after court defeat

Parents lose legal battle over continuing life support for their 22-month-old son

The father of Alfie Evans has said his seriously ill son has been “failed disgracefully by the system” after losing a last-ditch legal challenge at the European court of human rights.

Alfie, who is 22 months old, has a rare degenerative brain condition and has been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle.

The couple wanted judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France, to examine issues relating to the future of the youngster.

But ECHR judges rejected their bid.

In a message to supporters after the ruling, a devastated Tom described how he and Kate are “in pain” but are “not giving up” and will do “everything” they can.

He also claimed that his son was “about to be murdered” and had been “failed”.

Taking to the dedicated Facebook page Alfies Army Official, he wrote in capitals: “Failed disgracefully by the system. Does our son look in any of these pictures likr he is dying!!!!!

“None of these sre seizure or reflexes he is clearly there alive (sic).”

He added: “Our son is about to he murdered, taking away from us, his innocent life is about to be taken (sic).

“Please our Queen, Pope Francis, please Angela Merkel, someone save or innocent not dyig son (sic). We are in bits, distraught, in pain.

“He looks into our eyes everyday. He responds to us everyday. Alfie James Evans, we love you so, so, so much. We will do everything we can.”

Tom, 21, also begged Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool to let the youngster “go home to die on a trachy that he can pay for out his own funds!!!”

The dad and Kate, who are both from Liverpool, had made an application to the ECHR after losing fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

A High Court judge ruled that doctors at Alder Hey could stop treating Alfie, against the wishes of his parents. That decision was upheld by Court of Appeal judges and Supreme Court justices.

This afternoon, the ECHR said judges had declared the application inadmissible and found no appearance of any human rights violation.

The couple had already run out of legal options in the UK.

The court said its decision, taken by three judges, was “final”, the Liverpool Echo reports.

A spokesperson for the ECHR said: “The European Court of Human Rights has today declared the application Evans v. the United Kingdom (application no. 14238/18) inadmissible, finding that there was no appearance of a violation of the rights and freedoms set out in the European Convention on Human Rights.

“The decision in the case was taken by a committee of three judges. The decision is final.

“The Court has also rejected a request for an interim measure made by the applicants under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court to stay the order of the domestic courts permitting the withdrawal of Alfie Evans’s treatment.

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