The father of a seriously-ill baby boy has today slammed a judge who ruled his life support machine should be switched off and said: ‘He has been sentenced to the death penalty.’
Tom Evans, 21, gave an emotional speech outside court after a judge ‘reluctantly’ ruled 21-month-old Alfie Evans should be allowed to die with ‘dignity’.
He attended the High Court hearing with Alfie’s mother Kate James, 20, and the pair broke down in tears after the ruling.
Mr Evans vowed to keep fighting for his son’s life after specialists at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool had asked a judge to give permission for them to stop providing life-support treatment to the youngster.
He said: ‘My son has been sentenced to the death penalty. The system has worked against us.
‘I’m not crying because I know how wrong they are, I know how strong my boy is doing. He is strong, he is comfortable.
‘This isn’t the end. This is just the start. I’m going to take this NHS down. I’m not giving up, my son isn’t giving up.
‘No-one, I repeat, no-one in this country, is taking my boy away from me. They are not violating his rights and they are violating my rights.’
Doctors had insisted that continuing to give treatment to the boy is ‘unkind, unfair and inhumane’ – but his parents disagreed.