The father of Alfie Evans, Tom, has said that the Vatican is ready to take his son into its care “immediately.” This comes following Tom’s personal meeting with Pope Francis yesterday, during which he pleaded with the pontiff to “save our son.”
Tom Evans arrived back in the U.K. Thursday after his last-minute trip to Rome.
“He is so looking for and to seeing Kate and Alfie and can’t wait to spend time with them,” read an update on the Alfie’s Army Facebook page.
Alfie is still being treated at Alder Hey Children’s hospital in Liverpool, despite repeated efforts made by his parents to have him released.
“The president of Bambino Gesú called me in for a meeting. She wants to take Alfie as soon as tomorrow and will do everything for him,” Evans explained, as reported by the Liverpool Echo. “Even if we find a diagnosis they will continue to search for a cure. She even wanted to come and meet him herself and still does. She was such a lovely woman and said they will do everything they can for Alfie as they would with any other.”
“Pray hard — this is Alfie’s step to his desperately needed transfer,” Tom added.
Here's the footage of Alfie's father Tom Evans meeting the Pope and asking him to save his son.
Posted by BBC North West on Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Evans further described his whirlwind trip to the Vatican.
“Wow, what an emotionally exciting, blessed 12 hours,” he said. “I jumped on the plane at 11 last night [Tuesday] to Athens, got there for 4:50 a.m., then took off at 6:05 to Rome to meet the Pope. Straight after interviews with various countries’ media – a lot of them. I spoke to the director of Vatican News, then was alerted the Pope had sent an urgent request to Bambino to take Alfie as soon as possible.”
“Our child is sick, but not dying and does not deserve to die,” Evans asserted. “He is not terminally ill nor diagnosed. We have been trying our best to find out his condition to treat or manage it.”
On Tuesday, the U.K. Supreme Court confirmed that it had received Alfie’s case, issuing a statement on the matter:
“The parents of Alfie Evans filed their application to appeal to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom earlier this afternoon. They wish to challenge the decision that Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust can withdraw artificial ventilation from their child. The application will be referred to the President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale, and two other members of the Court who will form the decision panel.
The hospital and Alfie’s legal guardian (the person who provides the independent voice of the child in court) will then be asked to provide their views.
The Court is aware of the urgency of this matter.
We will provide updates as further information becomes available.”
Please continue to pray for justice for Alfie Evans and his family.
(H/T: The Liverpool Echo)