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Frederick Owens
April 28, 2018

Dozens of people have staged a silent demonstration in front of the British embassy in Warsaw to show their support for the parents of terminally ill United Kingdom toddler Alfie Evans, who was taken off life support at a hospital in Liverpool earlier this week.

The 23-month-old boy suffers from a degenerative neurological condition that has left him in a "semi-vegetative state".

A court of appeal that examined the case on Wednesday backed the earlier ruling preventing Alfie Evans' parents from taking the child to Rome for further care.

On Tuesday, a British judge ruled against the parents and declared that Evans could not be removed and flown to the Vatican for further treatment, arguing it would just prolong the child's suffering.

Since then, Tom and Kate have been watching over Alfie, who is "doing good" three days after he was taken off life support, according to a family member who is at the hospital.

However, his father, Tom, 21, appealed to the family's many supporters to step aside and allow them to "form a relationship" with Alder Hey Children's Hospital and go on to "build a bridge and walk across it".

Doctors say that it is hard to estimate how long Alfie will live without life support, but that there is no chance he will get better.

Tom and Alfie's mother Kate have fought and lost a series of protracted legal battles, in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

Poland's Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said the withdrawal of life support for Alfie was proof that Europe was losing its "fundamental Christian values".

All grounds of appeal have now been dismissed by Lord Justice McFarlane, meaning Alfie's parents have apparently exhausted all legal options to continue his treatment in Italy.

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On April 25, the hospital issued a statement complaining about "often inappropriate interventions from a range of external bodies and individuals, some of which have caused significant disruption to our children, families and staff". He told the Tablet magazine that had spoken with Pope Francis about Alfie Evans.

The case has provoked strong feeling over whether judges, doctors or parents have the right to decide on a child's life.

Emotions have run high over the case, with a band of supporters known as "Alfie's Army" protesting regularly outside the hospital, at times trying to storm the entrance.

Chairman Sir David Henshaw and chief executive Louise Shepherd said every- one at the hospital had been "deeply affected" by Alfie's plight and that it was wrong that the professionalism, motivation and ethics of those caring for the toddler had been questioned.

"Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome, at the behest of Pope Francis, is ready and willing to care for the child - not promising a cure, which may not exist, but respecting their parental judgment and offering to accompany both Alfie and his family through this tragic situation".

But the archbishop added: "I am very aware of the compassion which is characteristically shown by the Italian people to those in need, and in this case Alfie".

On Thursday The Catholic Association called on British authorities to allow the terminally ill toddler to travel to Italy for treatment.

"That robust scrutiny means we can be assured that we have met our obligations to Alfie", he said.

Polish President Andrzej Duda tweeted Wednesday that "Alfie Evans must be saved!"

As late as Thursday morning, Evans told LBC radio: "They [Alder Hey hospital] hate us. they don't like us".

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