Doctors have been left âgobsmackedâ after Alfie Evansâ life-support was withdrawn but he continued to live, his father has said.
Tom Evans said it was obvious that the youngster was breathing unassisted âwithin a few minutesâ of life-support being withdrawn on Monday night.
Earlier, a High Court judge had dismissed a âlast-ditch appealâ by Mr Evans and Alfieâs mother, Kate James, to be given more time to mount a further challenge to a decision to end the 23-month-oldâs treatment.
Speaking outside Alder Hey Childrenâs Hospital in Liverpool on Tuesday morning, his father said Alfieâs life-support should be reinstated due to his remarkable progress.
âHe is still working, heâs doing as good as he can,â he told reporters.
âBut we do need him to be supported â¦ in the next hour itâs going to be hard but we will need him to be supported in the next hour or two.
âBecause heâs 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.â
Alfieâs 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.
The judge heard submissions from lawyers representing hospital bosses, Alfieâs 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 Alfieâs life to an end.
After life-support was withdrawn, Alfie continued breathing and doctors agreed to give him oxygen and water, Mr Evans said.
âThey say Alfieâs suffering. Well, look at him now. Heâs not even on a ventilator and heâs not suffering,â he told reporters.
Barrister 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 âlengthy talkâ with doctors and pleaded with them to give his son oxygen.
âThey left him for six hours without food, water and oxygen,â he said.
âI felt blessed when they confirmed they were going to give him his water and his oxygen.
âHeâs now on oxygen. Itâs not changing his breathing but itâs oxygenating his body.â