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US News Judge raises concern about images of Alfie Evans being posted online

16:46  11 april  2018
16:46  11 april  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

Hospital treating toddler Alfie Evans will consider alternative options – MEP

  Hospital treating toddler Alfie Evans will consider alternative options – MEP The Pope tweeted his support for the youngster on Wednesday.Alfie has a rare degenerative neurological condition that has not been definitively diagnosed by doctors.

A High Court judge has raised concern about images of a 23-month-old boy who has been at the centre Tom Evans and Kate James, the parents of seriously ill Alfie Evans (Philip Toscano/PA). He said he was concerned that images of the little boy were continuing to be posted online .

(CNN) Judges on the UK Court of Appeal once again ruled against 23-month-old Alfie Evans ' family. People protest outside Alder Hey Hospital where 23-month-old Alfie Evans is being cared for in Liverpool, England.

Undated family handout photo taken with with permission from the Alfies Army Official Facebook page (PA) © Provided by The Press Association Undated family handout photo taken with with permission from the Alfies Army Official Facebook page (PA) A High Court judge has raised concern about images of a 23-month-old boy who has been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle being posted on the internet.

Tom Evans and Kate James, who are in their 20s and from Liverpool, have lost fights over their son Alfie Evans in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

In February, Mr Justice Hayden ruled that doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents following hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London and Liverpool.

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  Alfie Evans’ parents prepare for new High Court fight The couple are seeking to overturn a series of rulings and want their child treated in Germany or Rome.Tom Evans and Kate James, who are in their 20s and from Liverpool, have lost fights over their son Alfie Evans in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

The Alfie Evans case was a legal case in 2018 involving Alfie Evans (9 May 2016 – 28 April 2018), an infant boy from Liverpool with an undiagnosed neurodegenerative disorder. The medical team and the child's parents disagreed about whether to maintain Evans ' life support or to withdraw it

Lord Justice McFarlane raised concerns that people in a similar position to Alfie ’s parents, who are fighting to keep their son on life-support treatment, could be vulnerable to receiving bad advice. At a Court of Appeal hearing on Wednesday, the judge said there was evidence Tom Evans and Kate

Tom Evans (centre) the partner of Kate James, the parents of 20-month-old son Alfie Evans, outside Liverpool Civil and Family Court during a hearing related to their dispute with medics looking after their son Alfie at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. © Press Association Tom Evans (centre) the partner of Kate James, the parents of 20-month-old son Alfie Evans, outside Liverpool Civil and Family Court during a hearing related to their dispute with medics looking after their son Alfie at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. The judge was on Wednesday analysing a number of follow-up issues at a hearing in London.

He said the hearing was being held so that he could help Alfie’s parents and doctors decide exactly when treatment should stop.

Mr Justice Hayden said it would not be possible for Alfie’s parents to make “further applications”.

He said he was concerned that images of the little boy were continuing to be posted online.

Tom Evans, the partner of Kate James the parents of 20-month-old son Alfie Evans, arrives with his mother (name not known) at Liverpool Civil and Family Court for a hearing related to their dispute with medics looking after their son Alfie at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. © Press Association Tom Evans, the partner of Kate James the parents of 20-month-old son Alfie Evans, arrives with his mother (name not known) at Liverpool Civil and Family Court for a hearing related to their dispute with medics looking after their son Alfie at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. “It is impossible to escape images of Alfie on the internet,” said the judge.

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He said he was concerned that images of the little boy were continuing to be posted online . 'It is impossible to escape images of Alfie on the internet,' said the judge . ' Alfie ’s brain as we know is almost entirely water. He has no say on whether these photos are taken.'

Image caption Alfie Evans had a progressive neurological degenerative condition. The judge said he would make a decision on what was best for Alfie if an agreement was not reached. One of the dilemmas Alfie 's case raised is whether doctors are the right people to determine if withdrawing

“He has no say on whether these photos are taken.”

Mr Justice Hayden said he was concerned that the images were “intrusive” and suggested  that in the “fullness of time” Alfie’s family might regret their publication.

Tom Evans and Kate James (both at centre), the parents of 21-month-old Alfie Evans, arrive at the High Court in London to see whether they have won a treatment fight with doctors. © Press Association Tom Evans and Kate James (both at centre), the parents of 21-month-old Alfie Evans, arrive at the High Court in London to see whether they have won a treatment fight with doctors. Alfie’s parents were not at the hearing, which is continuing.

Last week bosses at Alder Hey said they had been unable to reach agreement with Alfie’s parents about exactly when treatment should stop.

They said they would ask the judge for “guidance” .

Tom Evans and Kate James, the parents of seriously ill Alfie Evans. An MEP has said that the hospital treating the toddler will © Press Association Tom Evans and Kate James, the parents of seriously ill Alfie Evans. An MEP has said that the hospital treating the toddler will "consider alternative options" including treatment in Italy. Judges have heard that Alfie, who was born on May 9 2016, is in a “semi-vegetative state” and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors had not definitively diagnosed.

Hundreds join Alfie Evans protest at hospital

  Hundreds join Alfie Evans protest at hospital Hundreds of supporters of terminally-ill toddler Alfie Evans have staged a protest outside a children's hospital after his family claimed doctors were stopping them from taking him home. Police were called to Alder Hey in Merseyside on Thursday night, a day after a court ruling set a date for the child's life-support to be switched off.Footage posted online showed Alfie's parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, receiving huge applause as they joined the crowd of protesters who were chanting the youngster's name.

It is the reality of the modern-day United Kingdom -- a nightmare from which the parents of toddler Alfie Evans cannot awaken. simply because their lives have been judged by able-bodied strangers to be no longer worth living.

In each case, the doctors and judges had plausible medical arguments that the limits of treatment had been reached. Image . People took part in a rally for the life of Alfie Evans in front of the British Embassy in Warsaw on Thursday.

Specialists at Alder Hey said life-support treatment should stop and Mr Justice Hayden said he accepted medical evidence which showed that further treatment was futile.

Court of Appeal judges upheld Mr Justice Hayden’s ruling.

Supporters of Tom Evans and Kate James the parents of 20-month-old Alfie Evans, outside Liverpool Civil and Family Court during a hearing related to their dispute with medics looking after their son at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. © Press Association Supporters of Tom Evans and Kate James the parents of 20-month-old Alfie Evans, outside Liverpool Civil and Family Court during a hearing related to their dispute with medics looking after their son at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Supreme Court justices and European Court of Human Rights judges have refused to intervene.

The couple have complained that “the state” is wrongly interfering with their parental choice.

They want to move Alfie to a hospital in Rome or Germany.

Alfie Evans' parents lose latest legal battle .
The parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans have lost a second appeal request for the Supreme Court to hear their case. Tom Evans and Kate James, who are both in their early 20s, made another application to the Supreme Court after losing a second fight at the Court of Appeal.But justices dismissed their application after judges approved a plan for withdrawing treatment and bringing Alfie's life to an end.The justices, giving reasons for their decision, said it was a "desperately sad case". © Press Association Tom Evans, the father of Alfie Evans, speaks outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

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