High court judge backs end-of-life care plan for toddler on life support

A high court judge has endorsed an end-of-life care plan for a 23-month-old boy who has been at the centre of a life-support treatment legal battle.

Mr Justice Hayden said the details of provisions for the final stage of Alfie Evans’s life could not be made public.

Alfie’s parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, from Liverpool, have lost treatment fights in the high court, court of appeal, supreme court and European court of humanrights (ECHR).

In February, Hayden had ruled that doctors at Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents following hearings in the family division of the high court in London and Liverpool.

On Wednesday he endorsed a detailed plan put forward by Alder Hey doctors for withdrawing life-support treatment during a follow-up hearing in London.

The judge said details of that plan could not be revealed because Alfie was entitled to privacy at the end of his life.

He has heard that Alfie, born on 9 May 2016, is in a “semi-vegetative state” and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors had not definitively diagnosed.

 

 

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