Parents of Alfie Evans still waiting for Supreme Court decision

The parents of a 22-month-old boy who has been at the centre of a life support treatment battle are waiting to hear whether Supreme Court justices will analyse the case.

A High Court judge has ruled that doctors can stop treating Alfie Evans, against the wishes of his parents Kate James and Tom Evans, and three Court of Appeal judges have upheld that decision.

Alfie's parents, who come from Liverpool, now want to stage a fight at the Supreme Court in London.

Kate James and Tom Evans (Philip Toscano/PA)
Kate James and Tom Evans (Philip Toscano/PA)

The couple must first clear an initial legal hurdle and persuade Supreme Court justices that they have a case worth arguing.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman said justices have received a written application from lawyers representing Alfie's parents, and written submissions from lawyers representing doctors, but have yet to decide whether the case is worth arguing.

The spokeswoman said justices might make that decision after considering written arguments or may stage a hearing where the merits of the couple's case could be debated.

Judges have heard that Alfie, who was born on May 9 2016, is in a "semi-vegetative state" and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors had not definitively diagnosed.

Mr Justice Hayden had analysed the case at hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London and Liverpool.

Specialists at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool said life support treatment could stop and the judge said he accepted medical evidence which showed that further treatment was futile.