The dad of Alfie Evans has alleged hospital staff have banned family from holding the desperately sick tot until talks take place about withdrawing his life support.
Thomas Evans claimed yesterday "we are being blackmailed into our son’s death" after a visit to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Mr Evans, 21, said young relatives were visiting Alfie when the family was told no-one could hold the 22-month-old boy until consultants had been spoken to about removing a vent helping to keep him alive, it was claimed.
Alder Hey medics and parents Mr Evans and Kate James have been locked in a long-running legal row over wishes to keep Alfie, who remains in a “semi-vegetative state” with a mystery brain condition, on life support.
Writing on the Alfie Army’s Facebook page, Mr Evans wrote: "Wow. How disgusting I have just brought my sister niece and younger brother in alfies room to give him cuddle time and was told that my family can not hold my son until I speak about removing the vent with the consultants and agree to something.
"PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE SHOW EVERYONE HOW WE ARE BEING BLACKMAILED INTO OUR SONS DEATH. LETS HAVE THIS POST BE SEEN BY THE WORLD HOW RONG (sic)
"His cousin is 12years of age and was in the room when we was told that unless we speak with them about removing vent she nor any other family member can hold him."
A spokesman for the hospital told Mirror Online it would not comment on the allegations.
Earlier this year, the High Court ruled it was in Alfie’s best interests to switch off his ventilation against the wishes of his parents.
A bid to appeal the ruling in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was rejected yesterday.
In an emotional Facebook post, Mr Evans claimed his son had been "failed" and was "about to be murdered" as he reached out to the Queen and Pope Francis to intervene in the row.
Taking to the dedicated Facebook page Alfies Army Official, he wrote in capitals: "Failed disgracefully by the system. Does our son look in any of these pictures likr he is dying!!!!!
"None of these sre seizure or reflexes he is clearly there alive (sic)."
He added: "Our son is about to he murdered, taking away from us, his innocent life is about to be taken (sic).
"Please our Queen, Pope Francis, please Angela Merkel, someone save or innocent not dyig son (sic). We are in bits, distraught, in pain.
The couple had already run out of legal options in the UK after failed bids to challenge the High Court decision in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
The ECHR in Strasbourg said its decision, taken by three judges, was "final", the Liverpool Echo reports.
A spokesperson for the ECHR said: "The European Court of Human Rights has today declared the application Evans v. the United Kingdom (application no. 14238/18) inadmissible, finding that there was no appearance of a violation of the rights and freedoms set out in the European Convention on Human Rights.
"The decision in the case was taken by a committee of three judges. The decision is final.
"The Court has also rejected a request for an interim measure made by the applicants under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court to stay the order of the domestic courts permitting the withdrawal of Alfie Evans’s treatment.
"The applicants are the parents of Alfie Evans, born on 9 May 2016, who has been on ventilation in hospital after becoming seriously ill with a catastrophic and untreatable, progressive, neurodegenerative condition.
"Both the request for an interim measure and the substantive application were received by the Court on 23 March 2018. The parties to the case have been notified of the Court’s decision."
A statement released last night by the hospital reads: "The European Court of Human Rights declared Alfie’s family’s application inadmissible, finding that there was no appearance of a violation of the rights and freedoms set out in the European Convention on Human Rights.
"This signals the end of a very difficult and protracted legal process.
"We understand that this decision is very distressing for Alfie’s family.
"Our priority is now to work with them to agree the most appropriate palliative care plan and we would ask that their privacy is respected at this time."
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