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