Italy Threatens U.K. Over Removing Alfie Evans Ventilator
The Italian Embassy in London issued a stern warning to the U.K. That warning was that Italy had granted Alfie Evans, the two-year-old that the U.K. decided to disallow parental rights to seek further treatment, citizenship. Italy’s move was supposed to allow Alfie’s parents the ability to take their child to Italy to seek out more advanced treatments for his illness.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital’s response, however, was to pull Alfie’s ventilator.
Alfie has been granted Italian citizenship. Alfie belongs to Italy.” Tom Evans, Alfie’s father, wrote on Facebook shortly after learning of Italy’s move to grant Alife emergency citizenship.
Italy’s embassy also sternly warned the U.K. over the matter – “If you remove the ventilator from Alfie Evans, we will file a complaint against you for the murder of an Italian citizen.”
Ambasciata d’Italia in Gran Bretagna: “Fermare la procedura di sospensione della ventilazione ad Alfie Evans o partirà la denuncia per omicidio di un cittadino italiano” https://t.co/bqYXHSC28K
— Matteo Matzuzzi (@matteomatzuzzi) April 23, 2018
“Alder Hey Children’s Hospital believes that Alfie’s best interest is to be removed from the ventilator (which reports suggest they’ve done as of now) but the parents strongly feel they should still have rights over Alfie in terms of medical decisions. Unfortunately, they’ve lost those rights in two battles with London’s Supreme Court.
London is now in a state of draconian rule, beating down free speech, pushing knife control agendas, and stripping parents of their rights to medically supervise their children’s welfare.
The Pope is also pleading with the U.K. over the issue.
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.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 23, 2018
Now Alfie’s fate hangs in the balance of non-medical intervention and a new hearing slated for this afternoon. But hope is grim seeing the outcome of the prior court hearings.