Alfie Evans was given 4 drugs just before he died

Dorothy Cummings McLean

Alfie Evans was given 4 drugs just before he died: report

[Reminiscent of medical personnel who similarly euthanized inmates in the Nazi death camps; St. Alfie was actively not passively euthanized (i.e., deliberately murdered)! – AQ Tom]

LIVERPOOL, May 1, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – UK toddler Alfie Evans allegedly died within hours of receiving four different drugs from a nurse at Alder Hey hospital, Italian media is reporting. The information that Alfie was given four injections has also been obtained by LifeSiteNews from two different sources with connections to the Evans family.

Alfie Evans died in Liverpool’s Alder Hey children’s hospital on Saturday morning at 2:30 AM. According to Italian newspaper La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, a nurse entered the child’s cubicle after his father Tom had been called aside and gave him four drugs. A source close to the family told LifeSiteNews that these were injections that were administered to Alfie after Tom had been summoned for an unusual middle-of-the-night meeting with the hospital. The child died two hours later.

It remains unclear why the alleged injections were given. The Evans family did not respond to LifeSiteNews’ request for comment.

Medical advisors to LifeSiteNews said they could not understand why the child would be given four separate drugs. One or two drugs could be explained as an attempt to sedate the child or administer painkillers, if he were in distress. Four, however, seemed to them mysterious. They recommend that an independent toxicology report be performed.

Alder Hey hospital doctors had previously conveyed to the Evans’ family in a legal document how they intended to use a drug cocktail that included Midazolam and Fentanyl as part of Alfie’s “end of life care plan.” Side effects of the drugs included respiratory depression. Tom Evans called it an “execution plan” for his son.

On the night of Monday, April 23, Alfie was suddenly removed from a ventilator and his life-supporting tubes. He had been on the ventilator for 15 months, and was unused to breathing on his own. He also had a lung infection, which would have required antibiotics to heal. Nevertheless, he managed to breathe independently, and continued to do so for more than 100 hours.

Tom Evans argued that the court order leading to Alfie’s extubation did not extend to depriving the child of oxygen and nutrition, and the child was permitted low levels of oxygen and, after 36 hours without nutrition, was fed.

La Nuova Bussola states that Alfie was given more life support in exchange for his father Tom’s promise not to speak any more to the press.

The day prior to Alfie’s death, Tom Evans read to the press outside the hospital what is now being called by many a “hostage letter.” In what appeared to be a forced statement, Tom read out a letter calling all the supporters of Alfie to go home and resume their lives. He thanked the hospital staff for their care of Alfie, even though just hours earlier he had attempted to have them charged with conspiracy to murder his son. He also praised the hospital staff for their dignity and professionalism, even though the day before he said they were treating his son worse than an animal and felt like he was in a jail.

“To silence the press, the hospital promised Thomas more oxygen and more life-support,” Frigerio continued. “Two hours before death, [Alfie’s] oxygen saturation was at around 98, and Alfie’s heartbeat was around 160, so Thomas was convinced that he would be allowed to go home (as the hospital administration had told him on Friday afternoon).”

However, it is alleged that the child’s health declined rapidly after a nurse gave him four injections.

“Before he died, while Tom was away for a moment, leaving Kate [Alfie’s mother] half-asleep and another family member in the room, a nurse entered and explained that she would give the child four drugs (no-one knows which) to treat him,” Frigerio wrote.

She continued: “After about 30 minutes the [oxygen] saturation had fallen to 15. After two hours Alfie was dead.”

The  Nuova Bussola reporter, who was material in setting up an appointment between Tom Evans and Pope Francis, observed that she could not be sure that Alfie’s life ended only because he was removed from life-support.

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6 comments on “Alfie Evans was given 4 drugs just before he died

  1. In barring Alfie from a Roman hospital, the courts overstepped their rights
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    by Ed Condon – posted Tuesday, 1 May 2018
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    When parents are united and alternatives are real, judges do not belong anywhere near the decision
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    The suffering of Alfie Evans and his parents has been heartbreaking to watch; his death even more so. But amid all the commentary which has followed, it is easy to forget that no one, including Tom Evans and Kate James, doubted that Alfie would eventually succumb to his condition.
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    Despite so many claims to the contrary, the chilling legal ordeal they were put through had nothing to do with their willingness to accept the reality of Alfie’s situation.
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    Alfie’s parents were not looking for an impossible cure, or grasping at straws to forestall the inevitable. They simply wanted the dignity of Alfie’s life respected, an acknowledgment that his existence was not futile, and that they, as his parents, had the right to fight for his life and decide what was best for him. These simple facts have been obscured.
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    There has been no shortage of people insisting that the matter is tragic and painful “for all concerned”. This sentiment seems like a noble expression on its face, but is actually rather suspect. The constant invocation of “all sides” and “everyone involved” implicitly buys into the premise that hospital administrators, lawyers and judges are somehow coequal stakeholders with Tom Evans and Kate James in the life of their son. They most emphatically are not. Yet it seems that the balance has now gone in completely the opposite direction to what the law intends.
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    No judge or doctor can have the same “concern” for a child as a parent. The involvement of the authorities has been permitted in law to provide for situations where the family fails, or the parents cannot agree on how best to care for their child.
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    No, parents are not always right if they say that life support should be continued against all medical consensus and objective facts. But that was nowhere near where Tom Evans and Kate James found themselves. Medical opinion was far from settled on Alfie’s best options – Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome had offered to continue treatment. But the courts decided on Alfie’s behalf, against the determination of his parents, which medical advice to accept.
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    When parents are united and alternatives are real, judges do not belong anywhere near the decision. Yet thanks to a decade and more of judicial overreach and creeping institutional control over families (from educational and local authorities more often than doctors), the law now sees parents as little more than caretakers of their children, who are merely on loan from the state.
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    Those who side with the court’s decision dismiss Alfie’s parents as clinging to irrational hopes at the expense of their son’s continued suffering. On the contrary, the Evans family have shown a much more clear-eyed understanding of what was at stake in their son’s case than any on the other side. The heroic witness of Alfie’s family to the simple fact that his life, short and sad though it was, had meaning, value and was worth preserving, was a stinging rebuke to our society which is increasingly comfortable taking a eugenic stance in law and culture – be it in the abortion of children with disabilities, or even based on sex, or the rejection of any ongoing situation of suffering as a life not worth living.
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    Many sought to chill defence of Alfie’s right to life, and his parents’ right to defend it, by insisting that the case was “complicated”, by which they usually meant “too complicated for you to understand”. Others insisted that the doctors, administrators and judges “know more about it” than we could looking in from outside. Both of these are false premises. The scandal of the Alfie Evans case has nothing to do with the details of his (still undiagnosed) medical condition, nor does it hinge on unknown unknowns out of the public domain. At its core, the matter is perfectly simple.
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    The courts and the hospital can reasonably say that treatment should be withdrawn. What is disgraceful is that Alfie’s parents were physically prevented from removing their child from a hospital which had gone to court for the power not to treat him. The revolting irony of Alfie being forced to remain in a hospital to ensure he could not receive medical treatment should stop us all in our tracks.
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    The courts and the hospital had every right to reach the determination that nothing more could be done for Alfie. But in asserting that his parents had no right, indeed must be stopped from accepting offers of help and treatment from elsewhere, they asserted almost a form of legal ownership over the child.
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    The family is the absolute foundation of society; respect for the dignity and inherent value of human life the standard of civilisation. The Alfie Evans case showed the perhaps terminal damage both of these have now sustained in Britain.

  2. My concern is that public interest could wane, only emboldening the state to increase efforts to euthanize more helpless patients at an increased tempo.

  3. It is obvious to anyone except the “WISE” 🇬🇧 UK BISHOPS, that the the HOSPITAL KILLED ALFIE and these toads of clergy, the UK 🇬🇧 Bishops, helped facilitate the murder .

    • Had this homicide been attempted before V2, the abbeting mitred monsters would have been charged with conspiracy before the Apostolic Signatura, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Had it occurred under St. Pius V, they would have been hung.

      • If under Popa Paul IV (Gian Pietro Carafa – St. Pius V’s predecessor), they would have become rowing slaves on a papal galley in the Mediterranean or sent to work in the papal salt mines in southern Italy!

  4. [Sed contra?]

    Alfie Evans’ Family Refutes Report Claiming Alfie Was Given Four Unknown Drugs Just Before He Died
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    STEVEN ERTELT MAY 1, 2018 | 5:46PM LONDON, ENGLAND
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    Sources close to the family of Alfie Evans are refuting a story that appeared in an Italian newspaper claiming that Alfie was given four unknown drugs just two hours before he died.
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    Caroline Farrow, a British journalist and broadcaster who has been working closely with administrators of the Alfie Army website, informed LifeNews today that the Italian newspaper article is incorrect. Not only is the article inaccurate but administrators of Facebook page to support Alfie and his family say the claims in the article are causing more stress for Alfie’s family just days after he passed away.
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    If true, the article would point to even more serious concerns about Alder Hey Children’s Hospital than have already been established. The Italian newspaper article essentially accused a nurse at the hospital of potentially killing Alfie by giving him unknown drugs at a time when Alfie’s father Tom was not in the room and his mother Kate was asleep.
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    Despite the apparent inaccuracies with the Italian newspaper article, there has begun to be a call among supporters of Alfie and his family for an investigation and a full autopsy report. Given that Alfie was indeed starved longer than 24 hours and given that Alfie did not have oxygen for several crucial hours after his life support was removed — both of which could have contributed to his death — an investigation and autopsy appear to be warranted. Those appear to be appropriate if only because of the international controversy surrounding his final days and ultimate death on Saturday morning.
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    The apparently false report in the Italian newspaper claims that a nurse gave Alfie Evans four unidentified drugs just two hours before his death. The newspaper indicates Alfie’s vital signs were strong in the hours before his death but that the nurse gave him four drugs while his father Tom was out of the room and his mother Kate was half asleep. Another family member was in the room at the time.
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    There was no indication in the reports to what the drugs supposedly were but it claimed Alfie’s vital signs began to diminish just 30 minutes after the drugs were administered. As La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana claimed (translated from Italian):
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    Two hours before dying the oxygen saturation was about 98 and Alfie’s beats were about 160, so much so that Thomas was convinced that they would let him go home soon (as the hospital administration told him on Friday afternoon) . Before dying, while Thomas had gone out for a moment, leaving Kate half-awake and another family member in the room, a nurse entered and explained that he would give the baby four drugs (no one knows what) to treat him. After about 30 minutes the saturation dropped to 15. Two hours later Alfie was dead.
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    The report also indicates that Alfie immediately contracted “a lung infection” after life support was removed and that Alfie’s father requested but was denied antibiotics to combat that. It also alleges that the breathing tubes were yanked in a way that caused damage or stress to Alfie’s body.
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    But those claims appear to be unfounded.
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    As Farrow informed LifeNews, an Alfie’s Army administrator told her that the Italian article is “untrue.”
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    “The admin Flo, who runs @Alfiesarmy16 messaged me this morning. However the Italian site is still running it & has now translated it into an English version,” Farrow indicated.
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    The Alfie’s Army administrator, Flo Hoy told Farrow: “Caroline, that article is causing great distress and is untrue.”
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    Hoy also posted on the Alfie Army Facebook page urging Alfie supporters to not believe false rumors, though which rumors she was addressing are unclear.
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    “I have been asked to mentioned on behalf of Tom and Kate one is that there are nasty rumours going about that are not true and we ask that you don’t listen to them,” she posted on their behalf.
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    What is definitely known is that Alder Hey Children’s Hospital waited 28 hours before finally feeding the 23-month old boy. Alfie’s Father Tom Evans confirmed at the time that his son was finally being fed after over 24 hours but he condemned hospital officials for waiting so long to finally get him the nutrition he needs.
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    “They only started feeding him at one ‘o’clock yesterday. It’s disgusting how he’s being treated,” Evans said. “Not even an animal would be treated like this. He’s proving them wrong. It’s time to give him some grace and dignity and let him go home or to Italy.”
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    Alfie went without oxygen for 9 hours after life support was removed.
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    Also what is publicly known is that Alfie’s father Tom Evans spent the last 10 minutes of the 23-month-old little boys life desperately trying to revive him with mouth to mouth.
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    Since Alfie’s death, a leading Catholic cardinal is among those defending the courts and hospitals. Britain’s leading Catholic official has praised the staff of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for how it treated Alfie Evans even though it fought to yank his life support over his parents’ consent and withheld food and water for over 24 hours after it won a court order to remove the life support. This is the same hospital that was once embroiled in a controversy surrounding the selling of children’s organs after surgery.
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    Meanwhile, as LifeNews reported, British prime minister Theresa May defended the hospital. She argued that medical experts ought to be the ones to make decisions in such cases as opposed to parents and family.
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    But Terri Schiavo’s brother Bobby Schindler disagrees and told LifeNews that courts should never have prevented Afie’s parents from caring for their son, who ultimately died on Saturday less than a week after doctors yanked his life support without their consent.
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    The head of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network told LifeNews: “Like Tom and Kate Evans, I know how terrible it is to be powerless to care for a loved one, but I cannot imagine the unique tragedy of being prevented from caring for a child in the way that the United Kingdom and European Courts barred them from exercising what so many recognize as their basic parental rights to provide care.”
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    “We will honor Alfie’s memory,” concluded Schindler, “and we will do whatever we can to affirm the value of every life, regardless of condition and the right of every parent to care for their children in a life-affirming way.”
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    Carol Tobias, the president of the National Right to Life Committee, told LifeNews that people need to be very clear about what happened with Alfie. She says he was “sentenced to death” by courts and doctors. She says what happened to Alfie and his parents needs to never happen to get to any other child or patient.
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    The pro-life leader placed the blame for his death squarely on judges and hospital officials who claimed Alfie was too far gone to save.
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    “Let’s be clear: Alfie Evans was sentenced to death by Britain’s National Health System and the High Court. Their intransigent commitment to the country’s faulty single-payer health system led them to conclude it was better for Alfie to die than leave the country and receive potentially life-saving treatment elsewhere,” Tobias said.
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    Alfie Evans ended up dying very early Saturday morning after the children’s hospital that was supposed to provide him with appropriate medical care and treatment disconnected his life support without his parents’ permission. That action came after a long and extensive legal battle between Alfie’s parents and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, with the British court system agreeing with doctors by saying that Alfie was supposedly too far gone for additional care and treatment or experimental medical treatment to possibly help his neurological condition.
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    Alfie supposedly suffered from a degenerative neurological condition and administrators at Alder Hey, which is a National Health System Foundation Trust, sought, and received, approval from the High Court to discontinue treatment in direct opposition to the wishes of Alfie’s parents. The High Court’s decision was met with outcry around the world, and was condemned by world leaders including European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, Polish president Andrezej Duda, and Pope Francis.
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    Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome offered to treat Alfie and he was granted Italian citizenship to expedite his transport to Italy. However, the High Court prohibited Evans and James from removing their son from Alder Hey.
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    Alfie’s father Tom Evans spent the last 10 minutes of the 23-month-old little boys life desperately trying to revive him with mouth to mouth.
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    Meanwhile, Alfie’s mother Kate has posted a poem remembering Alfie that has already been shared thousands of times on Facebook.
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    In posts on Facebook, Alfie’s mother and father confirmed his passing.
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    “Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am. We are heart broken. Thank you everyone for all your support,” she wrote.
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    “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30 absolutely heartbroken,” the boy’s father Tom Evans wrote on Facebook.
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    Family friend Laura McKenzie said: “Tom and Kate really appreciate everyone coming and showing their love.
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    “The whole world showed how much Alfie was loved and we’ll never, ever, ever forget him or his name. No one will.”
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    After his death, family and supporters of Alfie Evans celebrated his life in pictures and hundreds of tearful supporters of Alfie Evans and his family gathered at a park near Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to release balloons to honor the little boy after his death. And Pope Francis expressed the kind of sentiments that people around the world are expressing. He talked about his sadness and he talked about Alfie being embraced by the Lord in heaven.
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    “I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie. Today I pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace,” the pope tweeted on Saturday.
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    The legal battle sparked anger nationwide in England but also internationally as people stood up for Alfie’s parents and strongly opposed courts and hospitals making life and death decisions for patients over their families objections.
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    There is concern that the hospital contributed to his death.
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    As LifeNews reported, after removing his life support without permission, officials at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital waited 28 hours before finally feeding the 23-month old boy, who was fighting a rare neurological condition. Alfie’s Father Tom Evans confirmed at the time that his son was finally being fed but he condemned hospital officials for waiting so long to finally get him the nutrition he needs.
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    “They only started feeding him at one ‘o’clock yesterday. It’s disgusting how he’s being treated,” Evans said. “Not even an animal would be treated like this. He’s proving them wrong. It’s time to give him some grace and dignity and let him go home or to Italy.”
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    The other day, Alfie’s parents changed course and decided to end their battle.
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    Alfie Evans’ father Tom Evans called for supporters of Alfie and his family to “stand down” so they can begin “building a bridge” with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and its staff. The statement from Alfie’s father was surprising given the animosity that had developed between the Evans family and the hospital. Hospital officials have spent months in court preventing Alfie’s family from taking him to a hospital in Italy or even taking him home. Hospital officials even went as far as misleading courts by saying that they never said Alfie would die quickly after his life support was removed — even though they initially said Alfie would die within minutes after yanking his life support over his parents’ objections.
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    But perhaps seeing that there was little opportunity left to fight for Alfie’s rights and their right to take him abroad or take him home or sensing a need to appease the hospital to bring him home, Tom Evans struck a conciliatory tone.
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    Later, the family of Alfie Evans blasted a false news report saying his parents are supposedly preparing for his death.
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    Alfie’s parents had hoped to take the little boy to the hospital in order to potentially get experimental treatment that could help his rare degenerative neurological condition but courts repeatedly denied that. Justice Hayden ruled that Alfie’s family would not be able to fly him to Italy for treatment and appeared to say that this was the final decision related to his case. He said flying Alfie to Italy could harm his health because, as court testimony indicated, the flight could trigger possible “continuous seizures due to stimulations” of the flight. But Alfie’s parents are concerned Alfie will die if he doesn’t get care and possible experimental treatment in Italy.
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    A British doctors group, The Medical Ethics Alliance, expressed its horror over the treatment of Alfie Evans that it called a “medical tyranny.”
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    And Italy’s Healthcare Chief has slammed the decisions by UK courts to treat Alfie the way that they had. The President of the Italian National Institute of Health lambasted the UK High Court’s decision yesterday on Alfie Evans’ that resulted it the children’s hospital being allowed to remove life support over Alfie’s parents’ objections.
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    Pope Francis repeatedly spoken on Alfie’s behalf and urged that Alfie’s parents be allowed to bring him to Italy.
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    Members of Parliament are leading a new campaign for a law to prevent the tragic situation happening to Alfie Evans and his parents from happening to any other family. The new campaign calls on MPs to debate the matter in the House of Commons – with potential plans for “Alfie’s Law.”
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    Alfie Evans is not the first little boy to be held hostage by the court system and the healthcare system. There have been many other cases where courts and doctors have made the life or death decisions for a patient over the objections of their family.
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    One of those cases involved a little boy named Charlie Gard. In essentially the exact same circumstance, the British courts decided that his parents did not have the right to make the decision whether his life support was disconnected and a hospital yanked his life support without their consent. Charlie ultimately died not long after that happened. Chris Gard and Connie Yates’ little boy passed away just before 1st birthday in July 2017.

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