Update post #47: Alfie's life support has been withdrawn, but the boy is still living and breathing on his own hours later "The father of Alfie Evans has claimed doctors were left “gobsmacked” after the terminally ill toddler’s life support was withdrawn but he continued to survive." It has been 9 hours now, and Alfie's father is arguing that the life support should be re-introduced in light of this unexpected development. _______________________________ https://www.theguardian.com/law/201...rents-return-to-court-amid-alder-hey-protests https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4312535/alfie-evans-illness-kate-james-tom-evans/ https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/we-cannot-legal-groundhog-day-12372287 I used The Guardian as the main source for this as this is the type of story that can be heavily represented one way or the other, and I see The Guardian as less biased than the average media source Alife Evans is a 23 month old boy who after a healthy first year of life, began regressing and has a non identified degenerative neurological condition that has him currently in a semi-vegetative coma. Other outlets report it is a kind of Mitochondrial Depletion syndrome affecting his DNA and preventing his body from sending energy to muscles, organs, or the brain. The British doctors say there is no more hope, and that life support machines should be pulled. The parents wish to take the child it Italy for some experimental treatments. British courts, over a series of cases, ruled with the doctors over the parents of the toddler- that life support should be withdrawn. The parents have one last appeal to stay the life support pulling, with the result being released this afternoon. Last week, a higher court submitted a detailed plan to pull life support against the parents wishes, citing that keeping the child alive was inhumane. The parents attempted to press charges for unlawful detainment of Alfie when they were not allowed to remove their son from the hospital to take him elsewhere (presumably overseas). The hospital had police stop the parents, and the police told them they would be criminally charged if they took Alfie. The charge attempt against the hospital was dismissed by the court. There has been a great amount of demonstrator support for Alfie and his parents both online and large groups of people outside the hospital itself _________________________ If the parents are paying, I fully believe it should be well within the rights of the parents to take their child out of the country in a last ditch effort for treatment unless something is going on where the child is under torturous amounts of pain with top doctors saying there's no hope to reverse it. This case here, the child is in a coma. If the parents wish to extend that coma a couple of months on a final hope and prayer, that should be a parent's decision. Not a judge's. Unless something happened where the parents no longer have paternal rights to their child, this sounds like a paternal right not a government one.