ALFIE Evans has been handed a dramatic lifeline with his case to be examined in an emergency High Court hearing today as the toddler continues to cling to life. Alfie’s father, Tom Evans, 21, confirmed the 23-month-old was taken off his ventilator at 9.17pm last night, but that he started breathing on his own in just minutes.
Tom Evans, 21, told supporters that the doctors were “gobsmacked” that the little boy was still fighting and breathing on his own 17 hours later.
A bit of background to this story from LifeSiteNews yesterday:
In the video, posted on Facebook at 6:40pm local time (London), Thomas Evans tells viewers that a hearing is to be held by conference call at 7:15 pm, with the Italian Ambassador to Great Britain, Judge Anthony Hayden, and Thomas Evans’ barrister present.
“The Italian Ambassador is going to do all he can now to seek request of Alfie’s care, and try to have Justice Hayden allow Alfie to go,” Evans says. Earlier today, the Italian government granted Alfie citizenship in a bid to transfer him immediately to the Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome.
“No one can promise that it’s going to happen, but Justice Hayden’s either going to either agree to life support being withdrawn, or he’s going to agree to let Alfie go to another country, today, as soon as today, as soon as the next couple of hours. We are going to have Alfie in the Vatican being treated,” he says.
Thomas Evans then tells supporters: “Now we pray hard that Justice Hayden releases Alfie, if not he’s going to be executed. So please pray. You can pray at home, pray in your car, pray at work, or come down to Alder Hey and pray peacefully and be respectful. I encourage everyone now to stand together for Alfie.”
“Pray hard to protect this little innocent blessed child of ours. He’s absolutely amazing,” [Tom begged], adding that Alfie has been much more alert and lively today. .
On 18 April, Mr Evans flew to Rome for a meeting with the Pope, pleading with him to “save our son”.
After this interview with Alfie’s parents, Pope Francis said on Twitter: “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.”
Edward Pentin (National Catholic Register correspondent in Rome) tweeted earlier today: “Italian lawyer Filippo Martini defending #AlfieEvans says: Italian medical professionals giving “remote instructions” to Tom Evans. Defense Minister Pinotti confirms availability of military plane to take him to Italy. “We are helping the miracle… but let the miracle happen”.”
We must not give up hope for this little boy as he struggles for life. Kept praying, and for his long-suffering parents too as they battle for the rights and life of their child.
For some background information on Alfie: