ALFIE Evans has been breathing unassisted for ten hours after his life support was switched off, his dad has revealed.
Tom Evans, 21, told supporters the 23-month-old was taken off his ventilator at 9.17pm yesterday, with doctors “gobsmacked” that the little boy was still fighting.
Supporters of the tot were left devastated after the family lost their last-ditch appeal at the High Court on Monday, having hoped they would be given more time to mount a further challenge.
Dad Tom Evans last night confirmed that his son’s life support was removed at 9.17pm – but today said the tot was still fighting.
Speaking this morning, Tom said: “He’s been doing this for nine hours. Totally unexpected, the doctors are gobsmacked.”
Tom later wrote on Facebook: “I fought hard in court for my son because I know what’s right!! And look where we are now my son is still ALIVE AFTER OVER 10 horrendous scary heartbreaking hours.”
It comes after Tom said he had sat down with doctors overnight, with medics agreeing that the little boy would receive oxygen and water after realising the tot was still fighting.
He had initially claimed that staff at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital were “refusing” to give Alfie oxygen.
Mum Kate James also shared a photo of her little boy asleep in her arms, writing: “Alfie has been allowed oxygen and water!! How amazing is he.
“No matter what happens he has already proved these doctors wrong. How beautiful does he look.”
The decision to give Alfie oxygen and water comes after Tom shared a Facebook live video, with the dad heard saying: “Alfie has sustained his life… He is needing oxygen but the hospital won’t give him any.
“I don’t know what to do. He’s not suffering.
“He is losing his colour and his fingers are going slowly blue but he is able to sustain his life.”
A heartbreaking picture was also posted on the supporter’s Twitter page, Alfie’s Army, showing the little boy sleeping peacefully without any tubes.
The tweet said: “#AlfieEvans right now..he has been breathing on his own since 21.17pm.. he is needing oxygen but alder hey wont give it.. pray for Alfie ..you can do this Alfie..keep fighting..share share share,, please help”.
Supporters had tried to storm the hospital on Monday after Tom accused doctors of murdering him following the ruling by the European human rights judges.
The tot was also given Italian citizenship as Pope Francis vowed to give him treatment in Rome.
Alfie’s parents had been campaigning to have their son flown to Italy for a possible diagnosis and treatment, with Tom saying: “My son belongs to Italy.
“I love Alfie and I love Kate. I will not give up.”
The pope tweeted on Monday evening: “Moved by the prayers and immense solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted.”
Ranks of police struggled to keep a crowd of hundreds at bay as emotional Tom vowed to bring private prosecutions against medics who had wanted to withdraw his son’s life support.
He told well-wishers: “Doctors need to know they are murdering my son. It’s a straight up clean execution. I won’t stand back and allow you to do this. I’m putting a private prosecution in.”
Tom also claimed he and Alfie’s mum Kate James, 20, were being treated like “dogs” and had to sleep on the floor.
Hundreds of supporters yesterday gathered outside the hospital, applauding the heartbroken dad, while protesters were seen tussling with police as they tried to burst through the doors of the building.
High Court judge Mr Justice Hayden ruled earlier this year doctors could withdraw life-support, and accepted evidence from Alder Hey specialists that flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be pointless and wrong.
The ruling was backed by Appeal Court judges, and last week the Supreme Court dismissed a bid to stop medics from withdrawing life support.
On Monday, the European Court of Human Rights said an application by Alfie’s family was “inadmissible” and it would not intervene.
Last week Tom went to the Vatican and met the Pope – revealing that air ambulances were ready to whisk the toddler for treatment in Italy.
And he slammed “cruel bureaucracy” after the High Court judge set a date for the tot’s life support machine to be switched off.
Tom and partner Kate James have fought against the decision to withdraw the terminally ill tot’s life support.
They had taken their battle to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal agreed with Alder Hey that Alfie “could not be saved” and that it would be “unkind” and “futile” to continue treatment.
Judges said yesterday there was “no reason for further delay”, adding: “The hospital must be free to do what has been determined to be in Alfie’s best interests.
“That is the law in this country. No application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg can or should change that.”
They continued: “Alfie looks like a normal baby, but the unanimous opinion of the doctors who have examined him and the scans of his brain is that almost all of his brain has been destroyed.
“No one knows why. But that it has happened and is continuing to happen cannot be denied.
“It means that Alfie cannot breathe, or eat, or drink without sophisticated medical treatment.
“It also means that there is no hope of his ever getting better.”
Tom has accused the hospital in Liverpool of imprisoning his son, but Alder Hey said this has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.
The hospital said in a statement: “Alfie’s parents have done everything in their power to do what they think is best for him even though that is contrary to the views of the doctors.
“That has inevitably prolonged the period over which he has been given treatment that was determined in February not to be in his best interests.
“We understand that this decision is very distressing for Alfie’s family at this very difficult time.”
Alfie, born on May 9, 2016, is in a “semi-vegetative state” and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors have not definitively diagnosed.
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