Alfie Evans, who is 23 months old, has a rare degenerative neurological condition which has not been definitively diagnosed.
His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, have fought a legal battle to stop medics at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, from turning off his ventilator.
But Alfie’s life support was switched off last night as doctors said there was nothing more that could be done following a lengthy legal battle.
Earlier today, Alfie’s father Tom Evans said his son is breathing unassisted hours after the toddler’s life support was turned off.
Ventilation was withdrawn after Alfie’s parents lost the most recent appeal in a legal battle between his parents and health officials.
Protestors gathered outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after judges approved plans for withdrawing treatment and bringing Alfie’s life to an end against the wishes of his parents Tom, 21, and Kate James, 20.
But his parents have never given up hope and have demanded he be moved to another hospital in Italy for treatment – a request doctors and judges refused.
An air ambulance in the UK and a military plane in Italy are both on standby to rush to Alfie’s aid.
The family are hoping to fly Alfie to Italy for further treatment as the legal battle continues.
Source : EXPRESS