29 April, 2018
Tom Evans and Kate James had reached an accord with the staff at Alder Hey Hospital concerning a plan to give Alfie comfort and dignity, Evans announced Thursday afternoon.
"From this point onwards, there will be no more statements issued or interviews given".
The news report came out after Tom Evans told the media that he would be working with Alder Hey Children's Hospital in an attempt to fix the relationship so Alfie can go home. British doctors say further treatment is futile and he should be allowed to die.
Since being taken off life support Monday, Evans has breathed on his own and has not been fed by the hospital staff. His parents, however, have fought for months to take him to a hospital in Italy, where he would be kept on life support.
"Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome, at the behest of Pope Francis, is ready and willing to care for the child - not promising a cure, which may not exist, but respecting their parental judgment and offering to accompany both Alfie and his family through this tragic situation".
Earlier this week the High Court ruled that Alfie, suffering from a degenerative neurological disorder, should not leave the country out of his "best interests".
The long legal battle between Alfie's parents, backed by a Christian pressure group, and his doctors has drawn worldwide attention.
Tom previously threatened to begin private prosecution of doctors involved in Alfie's case, in the event of Alfie's death, for alleged conspiracy to murder. Officials in largely Catholic Poland and Italy have implicitly criticized Britain's courts and state-run National Health Service on the case. Even also asked Alfie's Army, their supporters in the United Kingdom, to stand down to allow those plans to move forward, according to the Mirror.
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Alfie's father even met with Pope Francis, who gave his blessing.
Italy put a military plane on standby to transport Alfie to Rome if the courts allowed it and granted the boy Italian citizenship to facilitate his arrival and transport.
Bishop Francesco Cavina of Carpi, in northern Italy - who helped arrange a meeting between Thomas Evans and Pope Francis - said "it is hard to understand" why the parents can not transfer their child.
A pile of flowers, toys and candles has grown in front of the United Kingdom embassy in Warsaw amid sympathy for the sick child's plight in the Catholic nation.
The case has stirred up strong emotions, especially among a crowd of supporters calling themselves "Alfie's Army" camped outside the hospital.
We would now ask you to return to your everyday lives and allow myself, Kate and Alder Hey to form a relationship, build a bridge and walk across it.
Alder Hey hospital chairman David Henshaw and chief executive Louise Shepherd said staff had been subjected to a "barrage of highly abusive and threatening language and behavior".
"As I sit next to Alfie's bedside, every second of every day, it encourages me more and more that he will live for "x" amount of months, possibly years".