Alfie Evans, the terminally ill British child who was removed from life support on Monday, may be transported to Rome to be treated if a last-resort appeal is successful in court.
Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, the parents of the 23-month-old baby were allowed an emergency hearing on Tuesday before a high court judge after they said their son survived after being removed from life support.
The superior court confirmed the hearing and a judge was considering the case, according to The Guardian.
Parents said their child has no pain and is not suffering. The boy survived about six hours after his artificial life was taken away, but the doctors were "morally forced to put him back in water and oxygen."
"They say Alfie is suffering," Evans told The Guardian. "Well look at it now, it's not even connected to a fan and it's not suffering."
FLORIDA GIRL, 4, RECOVERING AFTER INHALEING POOL WATER Evans said he felt "blessed" when the doctors decided to give his son his water and oxygen.
"He's still working, he's doing as well as he can, but we need to be supported … In the next hour, it's going to be difficult, but we'll need to be supported in the next hour or two," he said.
"He is not even connected to a ventilator and he is not suffering."
Parents are asking to withdraw the order to prevent the sick child from being removed from the Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool .
The head of the Pediatric Section Bambino Gesu of the Vatican Hospital said that the Italian Ministry of Defense had a plane ready to transport Alfie to Italy if allowed.
On Monday, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it had granted Alfie Italian citizenship to facilitate his arrival and transportation.
Alfie is in a "semi-vegetative state" as a result of a degenerative neurological condition that doctors have not been able to identify. He has been in the hospital since December 2016 after suffering an attack.
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He was removed from life support after a series of court rulings backed the doctors who said that the subsequent treatment was futile and that the child It probably would not improve.
The case has drawn the attention of Pope Francis, who during a Sunday blessing in St. Peter's Square this month, offered prayers for Alfie and others who suffer from serious illnesses.
Francis met last week with Alfie's father and has called for the child to stay alive, saying that only God can decide who dies.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.