Pope meets father of British toddler at centre of battle

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The parents of Alfie Evans have lost the latest round of their legal fight after failing to persuade Supreme Court justices to consider their case for a second time.

Tom even flew to Rome on April 17 and met with Pope Francis the following day to plead for the pontiff to save his son's life by granting him asylum.

The decision is another setback for the parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who have been engaged in a protracted legal fight with Alder Hey Children's Hospital over their son's care.

Alfano asked for the parents' request to be granted to take the boy to the hospital in the Italian capital, "medical facilities of a very high level that accept him in on the base of an agreement".

A plan to withdraw treatment and bring the life of a terminally ill United Kingdom toddler to an end has been approved by the Supreme Court, after the boy's parents lost the latest stage of their legal battle over his life support.

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The Rome hospital has reportedly given the same prognosis but would be willing to perform a tracheotomy.

In February, Mr Justice Hayden ruled that doctors at Alder Hey could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents, after hearings in the family division of the high court in London and Liverpool.

"I've got a letter handed to me on behalf of the Pope and the hospital president showing how much they want to take Alfie on", he added. His parents plan to appeal against... Alfie's cognitive abilities were actually improving after months of treatment, Alfie's parents and their legal representation argued. But doctors said his condition was irreversible. Courts have ordered life support to be withdrawn.

Christian Concern claims that last week, an air ambulance crew arranged by Alfie's parents was blocked by Alder Hey Hospital from taking Alfie for treatment overseas. "No application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg can or should change that". "We would want baby Alfie to have the proper, appropriate care for his condition, ' he said". His parents, Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, were told the law said they had no right to remove him if it was deemed not to be in his best interests.

The toddler's parents said they'll appeal the decision.