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Alfie Evans’ dad meets with Pope Francis to ask that he intervene to help Alfie be transferred to hospital in Rome

by | Apr 18, 2018

Pope Francis said to have agreed to “ramp up the campaign to stop his life support being switched off”

By Dave Andrusko

This photo of Tom Evans kissing the Pope’s hand in the Vatican appeared on the Facebook of “Alfies Army.”

If the last ditch effort to save Alfie Evans wasn’t already dramatic enough, on Tuesday Tom Evans, Alfie’s dad, flew to the Vatican to raise the issue of removing Alfie from the Alder Hey Childrens’ Hospital in Liverpool, England, and flying him to the Vatican-affiliated Bambin Gesú Pediatric hospital in Rome, according to Liverpool Echo reporter Josh Parry.

In a Facebook post this morning, Evans wrote that following the private 20-minute meeting, he

was alerted the pope sent an urgent request to bambino to take Alfie as soon as possible. After the letter the president of bambino gesu called me in for a meeting, she wants to take Alfie as soon as tomorrow and will do everything for him even if we find a diagnosis they will continue to search for a cure.

She was such a lovely women and said they will do everything they can for Alfie as they would with any other🙏🏻👌🏻

Pray hard this is alfies step to his desperately needed transfer

The Daily Mail characterized the meeting as being set up by an Italian bishop. Moreover, as Martin Robinson wrote, “The Pontiff agreed to ramp up the campaign to stop his life support being switched off by Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.”

The Pope offered new support from the Vatican’s secretary of state to ensure a ‘decisive diplomatic channel is opened up for Alfie’ and to ensure ‘the dignity of his life is respected’.

Robinson added that “Alfie’s father also asked the Pope to consider granting his son asylum” and told him

‘Please help us save our innocent child and give us the grace of asylum to keep our family safe and to stop all of this.

‘If your holiness helps our child you will be potentially saving the future for our children in the UK, especially the disabled.

‘We pray the problem we are facing is solved peacefully and respectfully no child deserves this, especially not a child of God’.

Various news accounts reposted the photo of Mr. Evans kissing the Pope’s hand in the Vatican which appeared on the Facebook account of “Alfie’s Army.”

To date every link in the judicial chain has rejected the appeal of Mr. Evans and Kate James, Alfie’s mother–the trial court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court. All backed the hospital’s conclusion that Alfie’s condition was terminal and that further treatment would be futile. The trial judge, Mr. Justice Hayden argued that maintaining Alfie on a ventilator would compromise his “future dignity.”

When the Court of Appeal turned the couple down Monday, the three judges also refused them permission to file another appeal with the nation’s Supreme Court. However they still had the right to ask permission directly to the Supreme Court and their lawyer did so before the 4pm deadline.

This is the way Parry described what transpired when Evans met Pope Francis:

In a message believed to have been delivered to The Pope, [Mr. Evans] claimed that his son was ‘not dying, and does not deserve to die.’

He said: “Our child is sick, but not dying and does not deserve to die. He is not terminally ill nor diagnosed.

“We have been trying our best to find out his condition to treat or manage it.

“I am now here infront of your holiness to plea for asylum, our hospitals in the UK do not want to give disabled children the chance of life and instead the hospitals in the UK are now assisting death in children.

” Alfie is not dying, so we do not want to take him out the way the hospital wish us too (sic).

“We see life and potential in our son and we want to bring him here to Italy at Bambin Gesú where we know he is safe and he will not be euthanised.”

When the Court of Appeal earlier this week rejected the appeal, they said Tom and Kate’s lawyer, Paul Diamond, was raising issues that had already been rejected. They also gave short-shrift to Diamond’s alternative argument that Alfie “is being wrongly detained by Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool,” the Guardian explained. “They have made an application under the Habeas Corpus Act 1679, which allows the legality of a detention to be examined.”

Diamond “claimed that the child’s human rights were being infringed and that not allowing him to travel to Rome was the equivalent to a deprivation of his liberties,” as Parry explained.

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