Alfie Evans' parents to meet doctors in bid to take him home

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The father of seriously ill toddler Alfie Evans says he wants to "build his relationship" with the hospital he has been locked in a legal battle with.

Tom and Kate Evan have been battling to have their son transferred to Italy for medical treatment.

That was done on Monday but the boy is still in hospital -his parents' attempts to take him to Italy for treatment after support from the Pope have also been blocked.

Alfie's doctors say he has an undiagnosed neurological condition that has resulted in serious and irreparable brain damage. Our little family along with Alder Hey has become the centre of attention for many people around the world and it has meant we have not been able to live our lives as we would like.

Tom's statement was a stark shift from earlier comments in which he accused Alder Hey doctors of hating him and his family and behaving aggressively toward them for refusing to accept the doctors' prognosis of Alfie. Alfie is lying on the bed with one litre of oxygen going into his lungs and the rest is him.

He added: "What we ask for is to go home to save his life".

Hospital officials at Alder Hey say they have received "unprecedented personal abuse" from the global backlash to Alfie's case.

But the judge said "the sad truth" is that Alfie's condition had not improved.

Pope Francis issued a Twitter statement urging the United Kingdom courts and the hospital to allow Alfie to go to Italy for treatment.

"If the meeting doesn't go well today, well then I'll go back to court".

He made the statement after a lengthy talk with doctors about the prospect of taking Alfie home. But their treatment of him has been disgusting.

"This is very bad for everyone concerned".

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A Polish flag flies above a banner for Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, Britain, on Wednesday.

"I can see no basis that judgment was wrong".

Italy has sent a military plane to Britain to transport Alfie to Rome if the courts allow it. Alfie has also been granted Italian citizenship to facilitate his arrival and transport.

The hospital increased its security, and police said they were monitoring social media posts about the case for malicious communications.

Alder Hey has been in trouble in the past, including a public inquiry into the retention of patients' organs without family consent between 1988-1995.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Alfie's parents would seek another appeal.

The lawyer said the "tragedy" for the parents was that Alfie appeared as if he was a normal child.

"Medical tyranny must stop", it said.

The couple said their son had confounded specialists' expectations by continuing to breathe unaided despite being disconnected from a ventilator and provided with only palliative care.

"We can not allow a situation like that to continue in a British hospital".

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.

The doting parents were denied the right to take Alfie to Italy three months ago despite being given the go ahead by the Italian government and the Pope.