Alfie Evans’ parents dropped their fight to take the child to Italy and will speak with doctors Thursday about taking him home, but tensions remain high.
Tom Evans, who vowed to privately prosecute three doctors involved in 23-month-old Alfie’s care for alleged conspiracy to murder, told LBC’s Nick Ferrari that he and Kate James will speak with doctors at Alder Hey Hospital about taking their son home. The father alleged that the doctors hate them, according to Express. Evans claimed that doctors resent him because Alfie’s survival has proven his claims true and their prognosis false.
Even though the parents have dropped their legal battle, they will return to court if Thursday’s conversation with doctors “doesn’t go well,” the father claimed, according to the Mirror.
“Today, we’re going to have a meeting with the doctors at Alder Hey and we’ll now start asking to go home. Alfie doesn’t need intensive care anymore,” Evans said, according to Express.
“They hate us. They don’t like us, we’re not like them,” he added. “I’ve fought against them for so long and I’m right. It’s a misdiagnosis. It’s not a miracle, it’s a misdiagnosis.”
They’ve chosen to leave Alfie like that for months and months. We’ve done our best to work with them. They have acted so aggressively towards us. They’ve fought so hard towards us. They avoid us. They give us some horrible smug look like we’re in the wrong like we’re criminals. I feel like I am in a maximum security and I am being looked down upon.
The U.K. Appeals Court ruled Wednesday to uphold several past rulings denying the young child the chance to travel to Italy to receive continued treatment at the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital. The justices upheld the denial despite the hospital’s offer to take him, pleas on Evans’ behalf from Pope Francis, a grant of citizenship from Italy’s foreign ministry, and the Italian military air ambulance that stood by ready to transport the child from the U.K.
Evans would respect the court’s order not to reveal the names of any of the doctors involved in Alfie’s care, he said in a Sunday Facebook post, but noted that he would seek legal retribution against all of them in the event of his son’s death.
“But if my son dies now, I will instruct lawyers to start private prosecution of every single person who helps to make that happen,” he wrote in the post. “Remember it is not good enough, in law or in conscience, to say that you simply followed orders. There is a world of difference between giving up hopeless efforts to save life and taking active steps to bring about death.”
“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. 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,” he concluded.
The Italian embassy in Britain joined Evans in the threat of litigation and said that they would report the doctors involved for murder of an Italian citizen if they did not stop Alfie’s extubation. Doctors proceeded nonetheless, and the child has been breathing on his own for over 62 hours to the surprise of medical staff.
The appeals judges took note of the father’s litigation against three of the doctors involved in Alfie’s treatment.
“Your client purported to take out a private prosecution to have three named doctors charged with the criminal offence of conspiracy to murder,” Lord Justice Coulson said to attorney Paul Diamond of the Christian Legal Centre, according to the Mirror. “Those summonses were served on the doctors and I hear you say that there is no hostility to the NHS.”
“There are rather more than tensions … That simply doesn’t square with there being no hostility to the NHS. As my children would say ‘end of,'” he added.
The mother and father are currently in talks with the doctors at Alder Hey about the prospect of taking Alfie home.
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