The parents of a terminally ill 20-month-old boy in Liverpool are fighting a legal battle to take him for treatment at the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome.

In a case reminiscent of Charlie Gard’s, doctors believe further treatment for young Alfie Evans would be inappropriate, but his parents have taken Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to court in a bid to move him.

Three consultants from the Bambino Gesù hospital visited Alfie in Liverpool and agreed treatment would be “completely futile” in terms of curing him.

However, they still offered to take him to Rome for operations to help him breathe and eat, which would allow him to survive for an “undefined period”.

Hospital staff in Liverpool say such treatment would be “inappropriate”. Dr Helen Cross said it would prolong his life “unnecessarily” as “his brain is being progressively destroyed and there is no prospect of recovery”.

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre said the Alfie Evans case involves “very similar” ethical principles to that of Charlie Gard.

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