- Tom and Kate Evans failed to persuade the Supreme Court to analyse their case
- Alfie was born on May 9, 2016, and has been in a ‘semi-vegetative state’ since
- Justices decided the case is not worth arguing and refused ‘permission’ to mount a further appeal
The parents of 22-month-old Alfie Evans, who has been at the centre of a life support treatment battle, have failed to persuade Supreme Court justices to analyse the case.
Alfie’s parents, who come from Liverpool, wanted to stage a fight at the Supreme Court in London.
But Supreme Court justices have decided that the case is not worth arguing and have refused to give the couple ‘permission’ to mount a further appeal.
The parents of Alfie Evans have been refused permission to appeal
Alfie, who was born on May 9, 2016, is in a ‘semi-vegetative state’ and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors had not definitively diagnosed.
Mr Justice Hayden had analysed the case at hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London and Liverpool.
Specialists at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool previously said life support treatment could stop and the judge said he accepted medical evidence which showed that further treatment was futile.
Alfie Evans exists in a ‘semi vegetative state’, specialists have said
Father Tom Evans arrives with his mother at Liverpool Civil and Family Court.He and his wife Kate have been fighting against specialists who say their son should no longer be kept alive
Rules meant that Alfie parents could not simply ask Supreme Court justice to consider the case.
They first had to clear an initial legal hurdle by persuading justices that they had a case worth arguing.
A Supreme Court spokeswoman said that justices had rejected the couple’s bid after analysing written arguments from everyone involved.