An emergency court hearing is underway in the case of gravely ill toddler Alfie Evans, who suffers from an unknown degenerative brain condition. The Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool removed the 23-month-old’s life support Monday afternoon but the child stunned doctors by breathing unassisted for nine hours, something the hospital said was impossible. Last week, Alfie’s parents lost their final bid in their court battle with the hospital to move him to Rome for treatment.
Alfie’s parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, have now been granted an emergency hearing before a high court judge Tuesday afternoon, in light of this most recent development.
The Pope and the Bambino Gesú hospital in Rome have fought to help Alfie’s parents continue their son’s treatment in hopes of finding a diagnosis for the toddler’s rare condition. Italy even made Alfie a citizen Monday in an attempt to aid his transfer.
The head of the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital said that the Italian defense ministry has a plane ready to transport Alfie to Italy if the courts allow it.
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