British Hospital Wants to Remove Sick Toddler’s Life Support as Parents Fight for TreatmentBy Claire Chretien
NRL News Today - December 21, 2017
The parents of 19-month-old Alfie Evans are fighting for him in court, arguing that they should be allowed to transfer their mysteriously sick toddler to another hospital. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital wants to yank Alfie’s life support against his parents’ wishes.
According to British media, the Vatican hospital that offered to help baby Charlie Gard earlier this year is willing to try to find out what’s wrong with Alfie, who has an undiagnosed disease. He’s in a coma and has seizures.
Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome would give Alfie “a tracheotomy and a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) to allow him to be fed through his stomach,” which is apparently treatment he hasn’t been given at Alder Hey. Alder Hey Children’s hospital wouldn’t let Alfie be flown to Rome by a private air ambulance.
But officials at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital think it would be in Alfie’s best interest to take him off life support against his parents’ wishes.
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