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Alfie Evans: Date set for appeal against ending life support

Alfie Evans Image copyright Alfie's Army Facebook
Image caption Alfie Evans suffers from an undiagnosed neurological degenerative condition

The family of a seriously ill boy is to appeal against a High Court ruling allowing doctors to switch off his life-support.

Court of Appeal judges will hear a challenge to the ruling by Mr Justice Hayden in London on 1 March.

Alder Hey Children's Hospital argued that continuing to treat the 21-month-old, who has a mystery illness, was "unkind, unfair and inhumane".

His parents from Bootle, Merseyside, want to take him abroad for treatment.

The family thanked people on the Alfie's Army website who had raised £10,000 to fund an appeal.

The judge said doctors should continue treating Alfie until appeal judges had made a decision.

At the High Court in London on Tuesday, the judge gave doctors permission to provide palliative care only for Alfie, who has an undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition, saying he had reached his conclusion with great sadness.

He said: "It was entirely right that every reasonable option should be explored for Alfie. I am now confident that this has occurred."

He added he accepted medical evidence which showed further treatment was "futile".

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Media captionAlfie Evans' father Tom Evans: "I'm not giving up"

Dad Tom Evans said after the decision: "My son is two years of age and has been sentenced to the death penalty. That is wrong."

Alfies Army's posted an appeal on Facebook on Wednesday for the money needed to start a challenge to the ruling, saying "his life depends on this".

Among those who donated was Everton chairman Bill Kenwright.

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