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Alfie Evans’ aunt says hospital is holding off disconnecting his ventilator, will “consider alternative options”

Alfie Evans’ aunt says hospital is holding off disconnecting his ventilator, will “consider alternative options”
While there are mixed signals, it appears as if, for now, the hospital at which gravely ill Alfie Evans is a patient may be holding off withdrawing the 21-month-old little boy’s ventilator.

The parents lost at all three levels of the British judiciary—the trial court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court—all of which backed the hospital’s conclusion that Alfie was terminal, that further treatment would be futile, and that keeping him alive on a ventilator would compromise his “future dignity.” Their last ditch appeal to the European Court of Human Rights was rebuffed last week.

One day after Pope Francis tweeted his support for Alfie and Steven Woolfe, a British Member of the European Parliament met with hospital appeals, Woolfe held a press conference in which he said, according to the Liverpool Echo’s Josh Parry,

“Just had a meeting at Alder Hey with Alfie’s parents. Hospital agreed not to end Alfie’s life today and will consider the alternative options we presented, including for Alfie to receive treatment available in Italy.”

Parry added,

Aunt Sarah Evans told the ECHO that an “agreement between Alder Hey and Tom had been reached to suspend end of life care so they can review Alfie’s situation and see if he is fit to travel abroad for further medical treatment.”

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