Below is the story of Alfie Evans, a UK Tot for whom life will not be a grand and soft as that for the young Prince just born. Alfie has what the media is calling "a mystery illness," struck down as an infant with seizures and "late development." Mitochondrial disease is in the equation. We will not diagnose this youngster with anything here at Age of Autism, nor will we interject about the possible causes of his illnesss. We will pray for his recovery.
British courts have continued to rule against treatment for him. Read that again. The courts are ruling that this boy can not be saved, and so, should die. It's like a Dickens novel - the very worst of times.
ALFIE Evans has been at the centre of a life support battle between his parents, health officials and the British justice system for several months.
The tot's life support was switched off after his family lost the most recent of a series of legal appeals. Here is what you need to know about the heartbreaking case....
...Writing after judges at the European Court of Rights rejected the case, Tom said that he and his partner were "in bits, distraught, in pain", and the decision meant their son was "about to be murdered".
Tom and Kate have suffered a series of blows in their legal battles to keep Alfie alive.
They had taken their battle to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal agreed with Alder Hey that Alfie "could not be saved" and that it would be "unkind" and "futile" to continue treatment, but their bid was dismissed.
They had already lost a challenge at the Court of Appeal and failed to have the decision overturned at the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights. Read more here.
Following one appeal, Lord Justice Davis, ruled that Alfie's life support must be turned off and told lawyers that doctors had agreed that there was "no hope".
He said: "We cannot have a kind of legal Groundhog Day where you come back again and again and again on the same point."
However, the following morning his dad said that the little boy was still battling on and breathing unassisted hours later.