Alfie Evans granted Italian citizenship

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An image of Alfie taken April 23, 2018.

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.

Speaking outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, Mr Evans said: "I'm stood here now and Alfie is still here".

Alfie was granted Italian citizenship so that he could travel to Rome to receive treatment from the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital on Monday.

It remains unknown how long Alfie will survive removed from his life-support.

That was meant to happen at noon, but was extended to 2.30pm, and then delayed further when Italy's foreign and interior ministers announced they had granted little Alfie Italian citizenship.

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But Michael Mylonas QC, who leads Alder Hey's team, said any granting of Italian citizenship made no difference.

His parents Tom Evans and Kate James have already lost a series of legal challenges for treatment to continue. "We await for the [Italian] foreign minister to call Boris Johnson".

He said: 'I sat down with the doctor, it was a lengthy talk for about 40 minutes and he ended up saying that I'm right, and I was right, I've always been right'. "Because I'm still fighting for him, I'm still fighting and so is Alfie".

This is the latest in a number of court battles between the parents and the hospital, which say it is in the child's best interests to withdraw life support as his brain condition, which has never been diagnosed, can not be treated. The meeting was to decide if Alfie could leave for Italy, now that he is an Italian citizen.

Mr Justice Hayden, who ruled doctors could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents, had overseen the further hearing this evening.

The court and the hospital should welcome the intervention of the Italian government and let Alfie travel to Italy.

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Despite Tom and Kate's desire to take their son to Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome, several judges ruled in the hospital's favor. Enoc was accompanied by a medical specialist in anaesthesia and resuscitations and stayed in direct contact with the Vatican Secretariat of State. It means that Alfie can not breathe, or eat, or drink without sophisticated medical treatment.

A spokeswoman for the Christian Legal Centre, which is assisting the parents, said medics at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool had stopped providing "ventilation support" to Alfie shortly after 9pm on Monday.

Court of Appeal judges upheld his decision, while Supreme Court justices and European Court of Human Rights judges refused to intervene.

Paul Diamond, who will represent the parents this afternoon, will argue that it can not be in Alfie's best interests to be left to die in Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

(Screenshot: 5 News via Alfies Army Official Facebook) UK baby Alfie Evans in an undated video with his parents coating his lips with chocolate.

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