Italy grants citizenship to Alfie Evans in attempt to guarantee his care

Demonstrators and protesters outside Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool

Italy grants citizenship to Alfie Evans in attempt to guarantee his care

The family want to fly Alfie to Bambino Gesú, a hospital in Rome, who have reportedly said they will treat the little boy.

Having exhausted every legal avenue in the UK-including two attempts to appeal at the highest court in the country- Alfie's family turned to the European Court for the second time. The panel of three justices said that the hospital must be "free to do what has been determined to be in Alfie's best interests". Alder Hey National Health Service Foundation Trust has been ordered by Court of Appeal to remove the child's life-supporting ventilator today.

Alfie's anguished parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, have been battling with authorities to take their sick son overseas for treatment, believing they can save his life.

Alfie's parents had already lost one round of fights, in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and ECHR.

The protests come as European human rights judges rejected a plea from Alfie's parents to continue life support.

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The sister of Alfie's dad Tom has said her brother is "heartbroken" upstairs at the hospital. "This is cruel bureaucracy".

"We have instructed our lawyers to submit an urgent application to the European Court of Human Rights, and they have done so today". "We will continue to fight, by all means available to us within the law, to save our son's life".

In what appears to be the end of the road for his parents" battle, the Supreme Court's Lady Hale, Lord Kerr and Lord Wilson, reiterated on Friday that "parental rights are not absolute'.

Alfie's parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, have been in a long court-battle with the hospital who say it is in the child's best interests to withdraw life support as his brain condition, which has never been diagnosed, can not be treated. Supreme Court justices and ECHR judges refused to intervene. "I love Alfie and I love Kate, I will not give up".

They've told everyone from trial judge Mr. Justice Hayden to the European Court of Human Rights that Alfie's condition is terminal and that further treatment would be futile. There will be no further stay of the Court of Appeal's order. That is the law in this country.

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Alfie's father Tom, has been broadcasting intermittently on Facebook Live from inside, where several groups of police officers have been patrolling the corridors.

"That has inevitably prolonged the period over which he has been given treatment that was determined in February not to be in his best interests".

"There is also no reason for further delay. No application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg can or should change that".

Tom and Kate, both in their early 20s and from Liverpool, failed to persuade Supreme Court justices to consider their case.

"We have asked them to watch the recent videos of Alfie, and their decision now admits that Alfie "looks like a normal boy", Evans continued.

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