Alfie Evans has shocked doctors and experts after continuing to breathe for over 12 hours without life support. This comes after Tom Evans, aged 21, told reporters that doctors removed his ventilator at 9pm last night, on the 23rd. Alfie was picked up by his mother Katie who began cuddling him but Alfie defied expectations and has continued to breathe on his own throughout the night and remains alive, even today.
Tom Evans told his supporters on Facebook: “My son is still ALIVE AFTER OVER 10 horrendous scary heartbreaking hours. [Pray] for him.”
Medics at the scene assisted by providing Alfie with water and some oxygen, but Tom Evans says that Alfie will need full medical attention if he hopes to survive the day.
This comes after a long legal battle between Alfie’s parents and Alder Hey, the hospital where he is being treated, when the hospital made the judgement that it would be in Alfie’s best interests to allow him to die. Alfie has been diagnosed with an unknown neurodegenerative condition and doctors have been unable to treat him. Instead, they have only been able to use a ventilator to help regulate Alfie’s breathing as he continues to experience a semi-vegetative state.
Hundreds of protesters try to storm Alder Hey. Truly dreadful behaviour. This is a children’s hospital, for heaven’s sake, full of sick, vulnerable & frightened young boys & girls & their families. https://t.co/6eL6XGdIqq— Rachel Clarke (@doctor_oxford) April 23, 2018
“For nine hours Alfie's been breathing for now,' Tom Evans told reporters outside the hospital doors at 7am this morning. “He's still breathing now. It's come to a point when his mum's actually asleep next to him so she can go to sleep, she feels comfortable with him,” he added.
“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.
“They say Alfie's suffering. Well look at him now. He's not even on a ventilator and he's not suffering.”
Despite this statement previous testimonies given in court made it clear that Alfie may continue breathing for a short while, but that he has suffered irreversible brain damage and it will not be a sustainable effort for him. It remains the judgement of Alder Hey that without permanent life-support Alfie will die, and courts agreed with those doctors that it was not in Alfie’s interest to continue offering him life-support.
This comes after yesterday when some of Alfie’s supporters tried storming Alder Hey and had to be repelled by police. The hospital gave an official statement this morning saying:
“We wish to reassure patients and families attending Alder Hey hospital today that we are operating as usual and that, although you will see a police presence, the hospital is calm. Please attend your appointments as normal.
Alfie Evans’ has been breathing unassisted for ten hours after life support was switched off https://t.co/Ex1OJTyxdn— The Sun (@TheSun) April 24, 2018
“Our Emergency Department is still open, however only attend if you have an accident or emergency that requires urgent care. If it is not an emergency please attend your local GP or visit your walk-in centre.
“Please be aware, out of respect for the privacy of Alfie and his family we will not be issuing any updates about his condition.
“This is our normal and agreed practice with all our patients. We would be grateful if you would respect this approach and not contact any hospital staff or call our switchboard seeking updates. Thank you for your continued cooperation.”