Alfie Evans: Parents of terminally-ill toddler lose last-ditch court appeal to prevent docs turning off life support

The parents want to take their son to be treated at a hospital in Rome and hundreds of people protested outside the hospital last week


                            Alfie Evans: Parents of terminally-ill toddler lose last-ditch court appeal to prevent docs turning off life support
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The parents of a terminally-ill British toddler lost a last-ditch legal bid on Friday to prevent doctors from turning off life support for their son despite getting the support of Pope Francis.

Tom Evans and Kate James had made an application to the Supreme Court to have the case re-examined after exhausting all other legal appeals for their 23-month-old son Alfie Evans, who is being treated at a hospital in Liverpool, northwest England.

The parents want to take their son to be treated at a hospital in Rome and hundreds of people protested outside the hospital last week when his father asked staff to release the boy.

Tom Evans met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Wednesday, even pleading with him to "save our son" in a Facebook post.

Tom Evans, the father of terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans, is embraced by a supporter after speaking to the media outside Alder Hey Hospital where Alfie is being cared for on April 13, 2018 in Liverpool, England. Tom Evans and Kate James the parents of Alfie are preparing a fresh request to Court of Appeal judges to allow 23-month-old Alfie Evans to continue to receive treatment at the Bambino Gesu hospital in Italy. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

 

At an audience the same day, the pontiff drew attention to the case.

"I want to reiterate and strongly confirm that the only master of life, from the beginning to its natural end, is God, and our duty is to do everything to protect life," he said.

The pope had already spoken about Alfie Evans earlier this month.

"It is my sincere hope that everything necessary may be done in order to continue compassionately accompanying little Alfie Evans, and that the deep suffering of his parents may be heard," he said on Twitter.

"I am praying for Alfie, for his family and for all who are involved."