Alfie Evans has been 'breathing alone for hours', father says

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The 23-month-old toddler has been taken off life support and has been breathing unassisted for more than 10 hours, his father Tom Evans has claimed today.

In a heartfelt Facebook post, Tom said his son is still surviving without life support after 10 "horrendous scary heartbreaking hours".

Mr Justice Hayden analysed issues at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court late on Monday.

Alfie is still alive nearly twelve hours after his breathing tube was removed, sources close to his family said Tuesday.

'[Alfie] is now on oxygen. It's not changing his breathing but it's oxygenating his body'. They want him to be flown for treatment to a hospital in Rome that has links with the Vatican.

Moved by the prayers and huge 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.

Pic: 1. Police block protesters from the entrance to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool after the European Court of Human Rights rejected an appeal against the decision to end life-support for Alfie Evans.

But his parents have insisted recovery is possible and want to take him to Rome for further treatment.

Bishop of Porstmouth Philip Egan tweeted: "Let's offer heartfelt prayers today for little Alfie Evans - now an Italian citizen - and his courageous parents".

He has previously been granted Italian citizenship by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy.

Alfie has been at Alder Hey since December 2016, with doctors concluding that his condition is "futile" as he is suffering from an undiagnosed degenerative brain disease, which has also led to seizures and infection.

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Barrister Paul Diamond, of the Christian Legal Centre, argued for more time because the Italian government wanted to intervene.

Mr Justice Hayden refused the parents' application and gave...

Contacts between Italian representatives and British political, health and judicial authorities have been continuing since last night but for now the United Kingdom authorities say the child's British citizenship must take precedence over his newly granted Italian one in deciding jurisdiction, Italian sources said Tuesday.

'He falls therefore under the jurisdiction of the High Court'.

Hundreds of Alfie's supporters gathered outside Alder Hey on Monday as police were forced to block dozens from trying to storm the hospital building.

He added that Alfie had not had water or food for six hours but was then hydrated by medics.

'I feel totally impotent.

The Bambino Gesù Hospital has everything ready to welcome Alfie, they said.

A United Kingdom hospital is holding an Italian citizen hostage and intends to deprive him of life-giving treatment against the wishes of his parents.

Alfie's parents have lost legal challenges against a ruling by the High Court that the hospital could withdraw life support.