Thomas Evans, the father of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, said he will sue doctors for conspiracy if they let his son — who is clinging to life in a British hospital — die.
“The court has just heard that Alfie’s dad Tom Evans started private prosecution to have three doctors charged with conspiracy to murder yesterday,” ITV News reporter Alan Jenkins tweeted (see below). “Papers were served on medics.”
Evans confirmed that he will file a lawsuit if his son is allowed to die, writing on Facebook: “If my son dies now, I will instruct lawyers to start private prosecution of every single person who helps to make that happen.”
Thomas Evans added: “You say that to withdraw life support from a sick child is a humane medical act – I say it is murder. You say that using force to prevent me from trying to save his life is no more than upholding the law – I say it is murder.”
NEW: The court has just heard that Alfie's dad Tom Evans started private prosecution to have three doctors charged with conspiracy to murder yesterday. Papers were served on medics.
— Alan Jenkins (@ajjenkins) April 25, 2018
Evans slammed the U.K. court system and Alder Hey Hospital for what he considers their heartlessness.
“I will not allow you to kill my son just because a bunch of smug lawyers in London has concluded this would be good for him,” Evans wrote. “If you make my son die tomorrow, you will face justice from a jury of your twelve countrymen in this world, and a terrible judgement of God in the world to come.”
The United Kingdom has been gripped by the tragic tale of Alfie Evans, an infant was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease associated with severe epilepsy and has been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year.
Alfie was admitted to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, England, in December 2016. He has since been kept alive by artificial ventilation in the hospital’s critical care unit.
Recently, the hospital issued a statement saying it had done all it could for Alfie, and they plan to shut off his life support. “Sadly, he has remained unresponsive to treatment and his condition has rapidly declined,” the hospital said.
After Alder Hey Hospital turned off Alfie’s ventilator, they expected him to die, but he continues to breathe on his own. This has further angered his parents and many Brits, who have been protesting outside the hospital.
Alfie’s dad, Thomas Evans, has asked the British courts to allow him to take his son to Italy so he could seek additional treatment. Italy even gave Alfie citizenship so he could be flown there, but Alder Hey Hospital and the UK courts refuse to release the child.
Pope Francis issued a Twitter statement urging the U.K. courts and the hospital to allow Alfie to go to Italy for treatment.
“Moved by the prayers and immense solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted,” Pope Francis said.
Moved by the prayers and immense solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 23, 2018
Alfie’s fight for life is over.
Don’t you dare try to tell me in the future it’s wrong to be pro-life & against socialized healthcare.
A child was denied treatment, held hostage, starved, deprived of oxygen, and will soon be put to death against his parents’ will by the state. pic.twitter.com/iKMEljkUjc
— Devin Sena (@DevinSenaUI) April 26, 2018
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