Alfie Evans gets Italian citizenship as fight for treatment continues

Demonstrators outside Alder Hey Hospital

Demonstrators outside Alder Hey Hospital

On the day the hospital wanted to remove his life support against his parent's wishes, the Italian government grants the 23-month old toddler Italian citizenship to allow him immediate alternative care, but United Kingdom judge rejects all efforts to save him.

The Italian foreign ministry, in a brief note April 23, said Angelino Alfano, the foreign minister, and Marco Minniti, the interior minister, "granted Italian citizenship to little Alfie".

In addition, the government of Italy granted Alfie Italian citizenship and asked he be allowed to be moved to the country.

The European Court of Human Rights on Monday rejected a case from British parents who want to take their terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment instead of allowing a United Kingdom hospital to remove him from life support.

Posting on Facebook, Alfie's father Tom said: "Alfie has been granted Italian citizenship. Because I'm still fighting for him, I'm still fighting and so is Alfie".

A high court judge backed a lower court's ruling that the hospital can go against the wishes of the family and withdraw life-support.

However, Mr Justice Hayden refused their application for more time and gave doctors the go-ahead to stop treatment and bring Alfie's life to an end.

He noted, however, that "Alfie is a British citizen and Italy respects the decisions made in the framework of British national jurisdiction" and that "the British national healthcare system and medical standards are among the highest in the world".

Court of Appeal judges upheld his decisions. The call happened between the family's legal team, Justice Hayden, the Italian ambassador, and hospital administration.

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United Kingdom baby Alfie Evans was removed from his ventilator sometime after 9:00 PM local time, sources on the ground in Liverpool tell LifeSiteNews.

Alfie's family is in a legal battle with Alder Hey, a children's hospital that says it is best to withdraw ventilation as his condition can not be treated and has destroyed much of his brain. She said she spoke with the parents, saying that "if you want the good of someone, there can be no imposition of ideological opposition on individual battles".

They had broken away from a larger group of 200 protesters gathered outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

Police were forced to block the entrance to the West Derby site on Monday as a handful of protestors attempted to storm the hospital's main entrance.

Mariella Enoc, head of the Vatican's Bambino Gesù Hospital in Rome, said she had gone Monday to the Liverpool hospitalin order to bring Pope Francis's "closeness" to his parents.

Protesters, linking arms and chanting, "Save Alfie Evans" allowed the ambulance to pass before abandoning the protest in the road.

The judge said no "jurisdictional issue" arose. "We believe that any activity of detachment of vital supports will constitute from now on a formal offense against an Italian citizen overseas, punishable in any form".

"He needs to be oxygenated and they won't oxygenate him. He's not even on a ventilator and he's not suffering", he told reporters.

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