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Alfie Evans survives night after life-support machine was turned off last night


Tom Evans spoke outside Alder Hey Hospital where he said that Alfie had survived the night breathing unassisted

Doctors have been left ‘gobsmacked’ after Alfie Evans’ life-support was withdrawn but he continued to live, his father has said.

Tom Evans said it was obvious that the youngster was breathing unassisted ‘within a few minutes’ of life-support being withdrawn on Monday night.

Earlier, a High Court judge had dismissed a ‘last-ditch appeal’ by Mr Evans and Alfie’s mother, Kate James, to be given more time to mount a further challenge to a decision to end the 23-month-old’s treatment.

Speaking outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool on Tuesday morning, his father said Alfie’s life-support should be reinstated due to his remarkable progress.

‘He is still working, he’s doing as good as he can,’ he told reporters.

Alfie Evans survives night after life-support machine was turned off last night

Alfie’s parents lost a last-ditch court battle so Alfie’s life support machine was turned off

Tom Evans talking to the media outside Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital where his 23-month-old son, Alfie, has been at the centre of a life-support treatment fight. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 24, 2018. See PA story COURTS Alfie. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Tom Evans said that Alfie had been breathing independently overnight (Picture: PA)

Tom Evans embraces an unidentified person outside Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital where his 23-month-old son, Alfie, has been at the centre of a life-support treatment fight. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 24, 2018. See PA story COURTS Alfie. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

He was hugged by supporters as he appeared outside Alder Hey hospital to make a statement this morning (Picture: PA)

‘But we do need him to be supported … in the next hour it’s going to be hard but we will need him to be supported in the next hour or two.

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‘Because he’s been doing it for nine hours totally unexpected, the doctors are gobsmacked and I do believe he will need some form of life-support in the next couple of hours and I think he ought to be respected and given that.’

Alfie’s parents want treatment to continue and want to fly him to a hospital in Rome.

His case has been highlighted by the Pope, who expressed support for the couple, and he has been granted Italian citizenship.

Mr Justice Hayden analysed issues at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court late on Monday.

Supporters react to the announcement that the European court of human rights refused to intervene in the case of British toddler Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey childrens hospital in Liverpool, northwest England on April 23, 2018. Alfie Evans, who is 22 months old, has a rare degenerative neurological condition which has not been definitively diagnosed. His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, have fought a legal battle to stop the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, northwest England, from turning off his ventilator. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Alfie has been supported by hundreds of people who have gathered outside Alder Hey hospital (Picture: AFP)

 

Supporters react to the announcement that the European court of human rights refused to intervene in the case of British toddler Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey childrens hospital in Liverpool, northwest England on April 23, 2018. Alfie Evans, who is 22 months old, has a rare degenerative neurological condition which has not been definitively diagnosed. His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, have fought a legal battle to stop the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, northwest England, from turning off his ventilator. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Alfie’s parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, who are both in their early 20s and from Liverpool, asked for a delay to give them time to mount a further challenge (Picture: AFP)

The judge heard submissions from lawyers representing hospital bosses, Alfie’s parents and the youngster via a telephone link.

However, Mr Justice Hayden refused their application for more time and gave doctors the go-ahead to stop treatment and bring Alfie’s life to an end.

After life-support was withdrawn, Alfie continued breathing and doctors agreed to give him oxygen and water, Mr Evans said.

‘They say Alfie’s suffering. Well, look at him now. He’s not even on a ventilator and he’s not suffering,’ he told reporters.

MERCURY PRESS. Liverpool, UK. 23/4/18. Pictured: A woman cries outside Alder Hey hospital after hearing that Alfie Evans' machine will be switched off

The judge refused their application and given doctors the go-ahead to stop treatment and bring Alfie’s life to an end (Picture: Mercury)

 

MERCURY PRESS. Liverpool, UK. 23/4/18. Pictured: A woman cries outside Alder Hey hospital after hearing that Alfie Evans' machine will be switched offBarrister Paul Diamond, who represents the couple, told the judge that Alfie had been granted Italian citizenship on Monday (Picture: Mercury)Mr Evans said that he had a ‘lengthy talk’ with doctors and pleaded with them to give his son oxygen.

‘They left him for six hours without food, water and oxygen,’ he said.

‘I felt blessed when they confirmed they were going to give him his water and his oxygen.

‘He’s now on oxygen. It’s not changing his breathing but it’s oxygenating his body.’

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