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Dad of terminally ill United Kingdom toddler vows to rebuild relations with doctors

The U.K. Court of Appeal has once again rejected a bid to allow 23-month-old terminally ill Alfie Evans to be removed from a U.K. hospital in order to seek further care in Rome, CNN reported on Thursday.

Mr Evans added that no more statements or interviews would be given by him on the subject.

He said the family planned to meet doctors at Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital to discuss whether Alfie could go home. His parents want to take him to a hospital in Italy, where he would be kept on life support.

Judges have heard that Alfie, born on May 9 2016, is in a "semi-vegetative state" and has a degenerative neurological condition that doctors had not definitively diagnosed.

Following a court ruling on Monday, the child's life-support equipment was switched off but he has confounded expectations by continuing to breathe unaided.

Alfie's case has divided Britain and led to a number of controversial court cases that have all ruled against the Evans family.

'We also wish to thank Alder Hey staff at every level for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly hard time for them too.

The earlier case of Ashya King graphically illustrated that experts can get things wrong - but, even more importantly, every parent has a fundamental right - and I would say duty - to fight for and care for the child to whom they gave life.

Tom previously threatened to begin private prosecution of doctors involved in Alfie's case, in the event of Alfie's death, for alleged conspiracy to murder.

Meanwhile, Prayer vigils for Alfie Evans are also growing across the world.

Alfie's plight has been front-page news for weeks in Italy, where supporters launched a nine-day novena cycle of prayer in Rome's St. Peter's Square on Wednesday to show solidarity with Alfie, his parents and the pope's message of support.

A pile of flowers, toys and candles has grown in front of the United Kingdom embassy in Warsaw amid sympathy for the sick child's plight in the Catholic nation.

Emotions have run high over the case, with a band of supporters known as "Alfie's Army" protesting regularly outside the hospital, at times trying to storm the entrance.

'We would now ask you to return back to your everyday lives and allow myself, Kate and Alder Hey to form a relationship, build a bridge and walk across it.

Pope Francis has met Alfie's father and made appeals for the boy's parents' wishes to be heeded, saying only God can decide who dies.

Italy gave Alfie Italian citizenship, in an effort to facilitate his transfer, and the government of Poland also voiced its support to the family.

Police remained outside the hospital on Thursday after Alder Hey said its staff had experienced "unprecedented personal abuse".

Tom Evans said he and Alfie's mother, 20-year-old Kate James, "are very grateful and we appreciate all the support we have received from around the world".

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