Alfie Evans' parents to meet doctors in bid to take him home

The father of a 23-month-old at the centre of a life-support treatment battle in England has told reporters gathered outside the hospital that he will meet doctors on Thursday to discuss taking his son home.

Alfie has a rare undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition and has been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year.

Alfie Evans, the British toddler at the center of an worldwide controversy over his parents' right to seek treatment for his medical care, may soon be returning home for what may be his final days, The Mirror is reporting. "True to that legacy, the Pope spoke out in defense of Alfie Evans and the fundamental human rights of his parents to do all they can to save the life of their child".

Meanwhile, his parents and their supporters are asking the courts to allow Mr. and Mrs. Evans to take him home. Earlier today, an worldwide legal team announced a new effort to change the jurisdiction of Alfie's case from the United Kingdom to Italy, but Evans suggested that he was no longer seeking to transfer Alfie to Italy for treatment, but instead hoped for the freedom to bring his son home.

All grounds of appeal have now been dismissed by Lord Justice McFarlane, meaning Alfie's parents have apparently exhausted all legal options to continue his treatment in Italy.

Ukip's Steven Woolfe, said: "The cases of Charlie Gard, Ashya King, and now Alfie Evans, show a unsafe trend of public bodies depriving parents and families of the right to make decisions they believe are in the best interests of their children". On Wednesday he said Alfie was being given food again after 36 hours without it. "He's fighting", Evans told ITV television.

The letter added that every member of staff at the hospital was touched by Alfie's story, and that they "feel deeply for Alfie and his whole family".

He added: "There can be no doubt that Alfie's highly experienced medical team have done everything in their power to give him the best chance at life".

"We strongly believe it is time for a change in the law to re-empower parents to have a say in the treatment of their children". Further, U.K. law allows doctors to override parents' wishes in regards to medical care if it's in the child's "best interests".

The hospital increased its security, and police said they were monitoring social media posts about the case for malicious communications.

Tom Evans said he and Alfie's mother, 20-year-old Kate James, "are very grateful and we appreciate all the support we have received from around the world".

Alfie doesn't need intensive care any more.

He explained: "Our lives have been turned upside down by the intense focus on Alfie and his situation". "That is beyond our knowledge".

Even the Pope weighed in asking the United Kingdom justices to allow Alfie to come to Italy.

Polish President Andrzej Duda tweeted Wednesday that "Alfie Evans must be saved!" "His fearless little body has proved again that the miracle of life can be stronger than death". "Perhaps all that's needed is some goodwill on the part of decision makers".

Even if the physicians at Alder Hey were right about Alfie's poor prospects for recovery, the court is neither authorized to make, nor capable of making, intimate health care decisions for patients-particularly when those decisions have life-or-death consequences.

Pope Francis has met Alfie's father and made appeals for the boy's parents' wishes to be heeded, saying only God can decide who dies.

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.

He thanked his supporters but asked them to stop demonstrating at the hospital. Some tied blue and purple balloons to trees.

"As an organization, we have endured attacks upon our motivation, our professionalism and our ethics". We understand the last few months have been hard for them.