Alfie Evans: Police called as hundreds stage protest outside hospital

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Alfie Evans, a 23-month-old, with an unknown degenerative neurological condition, is at the center of a legal battle as his parents are trying to appeal a court decision allowing the Alder Hay Hospital to take him off life support.

On Wednesday, the judge said what had happened to Alfie was "profoundly unfair", as the court endorsed an end-of-life care plan drawn up by specialists. Evans said the documentation proves he is allowed to leave legally, and that he has removed the duty of care and given it to their air ambulance company.

Officials from the appeals court confirmed a hearing has been listed for Monday April 16, although it is unclear what basis it has been granted on.

Earlier, Mr Evans, 21, and partner Kate James, 20, announced they were mounting a legal challenge against the decision to stop their son's life-support.

On Friday afternoon, hundreds of people staged a protest outside the hospital where Alfie is based in Merseyside, in North West England.

Although Alfie's parents have already lined up a hospital in Rome to provide him with a proper care and treatment plan, British courts as well as the European Court have sided with the hospital and its desire to yank his life support - saying he has little or no hope left.

Footage posted online showed Mr Evans and Ms James receiving huge applause as they joined the crowd of protesters who were chanting the youngster's name.

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Mr Evans encouraged people to come to the hospital to stand outside and "tell them to release our son" in a "quiet protest".

The words "Christian Legal Centre" can be seen at the top of the letter.

"I have documentation that says I have the right to take my son out of the hospital". Look at my healthy, healthy young boy who's undiagnosed and is certainly not dying. Appeal court officials said an appeal court judge had decided that Alfie should continue to receive treatment pending Monday's Court of Appeal hearing.

During the almost two-and-a-half minute clip he also encouraged people to come to the hospital to stand outside and "tell them to release our son" in a "quiet protest". Despite having legal custody of the child, Alfie's parents were prevented by police from taking him away.

"Please note that access to the hospital is now being disrupted and protesters are asked to be respectful of other patients and visitors trying to access the location".

Assistant Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said: "We were present at Alder Hey Hospital tonight while the hospital and family of Alfie Evans sought clarity from Mr Justice Hayden in relation to the treatment of Alfie".

Doctors in the United Kingdom have been unable to definitively diagnose his rare degenerative neurological condition.

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