Doctors can stop providing life support to toddler Alfie Evans who has a mystery illness against his parents’ wishes, the High Court has ruled.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital argued that continuing to treat the 21-month-old from Bootle, Merseyside was “unkind, unfair and inhumane”.
His parents Tom Evans and Kate James had hoped to prolong Alfie’s life with treatment at a hospital in Rome.
Mr Justice Hayden said Alfie requires “peace, quiet and privacy”.
The hospital is set to withdraw ventilation on Friday.
His mother left the court hearing before the ruling while his father broke down as the decision was announced.
The conclusion was delivered after a hearing at Liverpool Civil and Family Court earlier this month was told Alfie was in a “semi-vegetative state”.
He has a degenerative neurological condition doctors had not definitively diagnosed, the court heard.
Mr Justice Hayden said he accepted medical evidence which showed further treatment was futile, adding: “Alfie’s need now is for good quality palliative care.”
Delivering the ruling in the High Court in London, he said he had reached his conclusion with great sadness.
He paid tribute to Alfie’s parents and the staff at Alder Hey.
After the decision, Mr Evans said: “I need time to reflect on the judgement.”
The family is considering whether to appeal.