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DOCTORS have warned a “flesh-eating” bug is spreading rapidly in parts of Australia – and as yet there is no way to treat the disease. They issued an “urgent scientific resp…

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DOCTORS have warned a "flesh-eating" bug is spreading rapidly in parts of Australia – and as yet there is no way to treat the disease.

They issued an "urgent scientific response" to the condition, known by many names – most commonly the Bainsdale ulcer.

It’s also often referred to as the Buruli ulcer or the Daintree ulcer because it occurs in parts of north Queensland, a report in the Medical Journal of Australia revealed.

The report includes graphic images of the ulcer eating away at the flesh of an 11-year-old boy from the Mornington Peninsula, the region, near Melborne, where confirmed infections are up 400 per cent in the last four years.

The bacteria that causes the ulcers attaches to its host and causes “severe destructive lesions of skin and soft tissue, resulting in significant morbidity”, the report states.

“All age groups, including young children, are affected, and the emotional and psychological impact on patients and their carers is substantial.”

 Cases of the Bainsdale ulcer have soared by 400 per cent near Melborne in the last four years Cases of the Bainsdale ulcer have soared by 400 per cent near Melborne in the last four years

Infectious diseases specialist Daniel O’Brien told Fairfax that Victoria is in the middle of an “exploding epidemic”.

“It’s a pretty frightening explosion in case numbers,” Dr O’Brien, an associate professor from the University of Melbourne, said.

“The time to wait is gone. We need to take action.”

The disease is believed to spread through mosquitoes, or through the faeces of possums that have been bitten by mosquitoes.

 The disease is believed to spread through mosquitoes, or through the faeces of possums that have been bitten by mosquitoes The disease is believed to spread through mosquitoes, or through the faeces of possums that have been bitten by mosquitoes

It starts out looking like a normal mosquito bite but deep wounds soon develop and the flesh begins to be eaten away.

In some severe cases, it can lead to limbs being amputated.

The epidemic has been getting worse, experts say following reports it had spread into Melbourne suburbs including Bentleigh, Hampton and Cheltenham.

A DEBILITATING DISEASE THAT ATTACKS SKIN AND BONE

THE Bainsdale or Buruli ulcer is a nasty debilitating disease, that typically rears its ugly head in parts of Africa.

It's caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium ulcerans, and often attacks the skin and bone.

It can lead to permanent disability and disfigurement.

At least 33 countries around the world have reported cases of the disease, with a surge in cases in Australia since 2013, according to the World Health Organisation.

Experts don't know how the disease is spread, and there's no cure for it.

It typically starts as a painless swelling or the painless swelling of the legs, arms or face.

Without treatment in four weeks the swelling will turn into an ulcer.

In some cases the bone can be affected, causing gross deformities.

Due to international travel cases can crop up in countries where there's been no previous reporst of Buruli ulcers.

It's therefore travellers and doctors here are aware of the problem if they or a patient has recently travelled to Australia in particular, and other nations where it's rife.

Monday’s report reveals about 2,000 cases are reported each year and that “most cases are reported from temperate Victoria” where “the community is facing a worsening epidemic, defined by cases rapidly increasingly in number, becoming more severe in nature and occurring in new geographic regions”.

The report declares six urgent questions need to be answered.

The authors said it is yet to be determined what the natural source of the ulcer is, how it is transmitted to humans, what role possums play and why the disease is increasing in Victoria.

“As a community, we are facing a rapidly worsening epidemic of a severe disease without knowing how to prevent it,” the report concludes.

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Alfie Evans barred from going to Italy for treatment by Court of Appeal – as mum Kate admits sick tot is ‘struggling’ almost two days after life support withdrawn

ALFIE Evans has been barred from going to Italy for treatment. The Court of Appeal in London rejected the last-ditch bid to have Alfie airlifted from Alder Hay hospital in Liverpool tonight in a de…

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ALFIE Evans has been barred from going to Italy for treatment.

The Court of Appeal in London rejected the last-ditch bid to have Alfie airlifted from Alder Hay hospital in Liverpool tonight in a devastating blow to his family.

 Alfie is cuddled by his mum, with the tot continuing to cling to life todayFacebook Alfie is cuddled by his mum, with the tot continuing to cling to life today

It comes after desperate mum Kate James said the 23-month-old is "struggling and needs immediate intervention" almost two days after having his life support switched off.

And weary dad Tom Evans, 21, revealed he has not slept for three days as he battles to release his stricken son from hospital.

He said in a Facebook post earlier: "No sleep for three days nothing but torture and deprivation.

"Our boy continues to fight with no suffering or indication of pain."

"Coming up to 2 DAYS NOW PLEASE SAVR OUR SON YOUR LORDSHIPS."

The latest on Alfie Evans' case:

  • Alfie Evans' parents lose Court of Appeal hearing over decision to stop the tot from being taken to Italy for treatment
  • The 23-month-old's mum, Kate James, claims he is "struggling and needs immediate intervention"
  • Alfie, diagnosed with a brain condition, had life support removed at 9.17pm on Monday after Supreme Court ruling is not challenged by European Court of Human Rights
  • Dad Tom Evans, tried to to privately prosecute three doctors for conspiracy to murder his son, court hears today
  • Tom posted a Facebook Live video saying his "warrior" toddler's life had been "sustained" for a third time
  • Judge said yesterday there is "virtually nothing left" of Alfie's brain 
  • Confusion over how much treatment Alfie has received over past two days, with some reports stating he had received oxygen

 Tom Evans earlier vowed to continue his legal fight to take seriously ill son Alfie to Italy Tom Evans earlier vowed to continue his legal fight to take seriously ill son Alfie to Italy

Tonight Merseyside Police warned supporters of Alfie's family that their social media posts are being monitored over reports that Alder Hey doctors are being hit with abuse.

Ch Insp Chris Gibson said: "Any offences including malicious communications and threatening behaviour will be investigated and where necessary will be acted upon".

Before their shattering decision, the Court of Appeal today heard Tom tried to privately prosecute three doctors for conspiracy to murder his son.

Lord Justice Sir Andrew McFarlane criticised the legal team for Tom over claims there was "no hostility" towards hospital staff.

Alder Hey has been the scene of protests for more than a week.

Lord Justice McFarlane said: “Your client purported to take out a private prosecution to have three named doctors charged with the criminal offence of conspiracy to murder.

“Those summonses were served on the doctors and I hear you say that there is no hostility to the NHS.”

Meanwhile, a lawyer representing Tom argued there had been a "significant change of circumstances" because the tot was still breathing despite his life support being turned off.

Paul Diamond said the family should “not be bound by a decision which is now three months old”.

This morning Alfie's dad Tom said his 23-month-old son is "still fighting" and continuing to defy the odds.

 Tom spoke to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from outside hospital on This Morningrefer to caption. Tom spoke to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from outside hospital on This Morning  Alfie Evans' life support was removed at 9.17pm on Monday eveningAlfie's Army Alfie Evans' life support was removed at 9.17pm on Monday evening

But a lawyer representing Alfie's mum Kate told the hearing the youngster is "struggling and needs immediate intervention".

The court heard an air ambulance is on standby at the request of the Pope.

Alfie's parents are watching the hearing via video link as a panel of three judges consider the appeal.

This afternoon Tom posted a Facebook Live video from Alfie's hospital bed to say the toddler's life had been "sustained" for a third time.

He added: “The warrior strikes again.

"He’s back. He’s just had a little dip, he went pale, lips started going a little bit but he’s back.”

Meanwhile, a German air ambulance crew has reportedly been escorted from the Liverpool hospital by police ahead of the latest hearing.

The man and woman, seen speaking to Alfie's family, were pictured being led away.

 Tributes to baby Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey Hospital in LiverpoolEPA Tributes to baby Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool

Earlier Tom, 21, vowed to continue to fight for permission to take his son abroad.

The heartbroken dad told This Morning: “Alfie is doing still as well as he can. He’s fighting.

"He’s still not suffering…in no sign of pain.

"He’s sustained his life, like any other child would, for 36 hours. Totally unexpected of him.

“I believe I am getting closer [to getting him home]. We would be happy with that.

"But we would be more blessed to get him to Italy where he needs the treatment."

Tom said his son was receiving water, milk and oxygen.

But he claims doctors initially refused to feed his boy, saying: "It's disgusting how he's being treated.

"Not even an animal would be treated like this.

"He's proving them wrong. It's time to give him some grace and dignity and let him go home or to Italy."

Meanwhile, appeals have been made on the Alfie's Army Facebook page for ventilation equipment to be brought to the children's hospital.

Alfie's aunt Sarah Evans wrote: "Please continue to pray Alfie is still fighting."

 A German air ambulance crew has reportedly been escorted from hospital by police ahead of the latest hearingEPA A German air ambulance crew has reportedly been escorted from hospital by police ahead of the latest hearing  Alfie's devastated dad Tom Evans speaks outside hospital last nightGetty Images – Getty Alfie's devastated dad Tom Evans speaks outside hospital last night Alfie Evans’ dad, Tom Evans, reveals he’s giving tot mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to ‘keep him alive’ after judge rejected bid to fly him to Italy

Supporters were reportedly later seen running into the hospital entrance with what appeared to be medical equipment.

Alfie's battling parents vowed to challenge yesterday's ruling in the Court of Appeal today.

Tom, 21, said: "The Court of Appeal have reached out to us and said they are going to set back three judges to hear the case.

"In reality, he could be in Italy right now. We all know the military air force are ready to take him and a team of doctors are there."

Last night Tom and Alfie's mum Kate James were forced to help the critically ill tot's breathing after "his lips turned blue".

Speaking outside hospital, heartbroken Tom added: "We were doing what a nurse should have been doing to sustain his life.

 An Alfie supporter appeals for medical equipment to be brought to hospitalFacebook An Alfie supporter appeals for medical equipment to be brought to hospital  Alfie's aunt Sarah Evans also appealed for medical equipment to help AlfieFacebook Alfie's aunt Sarah Evans also appealed for medical equipment to help Alfie

“Now they are saying that he looks really good but we all know he should be in Italy right now.”

A High Court judge yesterday made the devastating call to reject a last-ditch attempt to take Alfie abroad — but asked doctors if it is possible to consider letting the 23-month-old tot go home.

A petition urging the Queen to help save Alfie reached more than 110,000 signatures in just two days.

It came as Piers Morgan urged the authorities to allow the tot's parents to release him from hospital to spend his final hours at home.

The Good Morning Britain presenter tweeted: "At least let his parents take him home to die, for goodness sake. He's THEIR little boy, nobody else's. #AlfieEvans"

Actress Kym Marsh added: “Praying hard for #alfieevans right now. Keep fighting little man.”

Alfie's parents have been embroiled in a lengthy battle for their son – who suffers from an unknown degenerative brain condition – to continue receiving treatment.

 Tom Evans speaking outside hospital tonight after the High Court ruled Alfie could not fly to Italy for treatmentGetty Images – Getty Tom Evans speaking outside hospital tonight after the High Court ruled Alfie could not fly to Italy for treatment  Tom Evans addressed the media after the devastating court rulingGetty Images – Getty Tom Evans addressed the media after the devastating court ruling  Tom and and Alfie's mum Kate had hoped to fly their stricken tot to Italy, but the courts ruled in favour of docs that he would be better off at homeGetty Images – Getty Tom and and Alfie's mum Kate had hoped to fly their stricken tot to Italy, but the courts ruled in favour of docs that he would be better off at home  Alfie was shown cuddling his family after his life support was turned off last nightinstagram Alfie was shown cuddling his family after his life support was turned off last night

He has been in a "semi-vegetative state" for more than a year and is currently only receiving oxygen after being taken off life support last night.

Doctors argued that it was in Alfie's best interest to end his life support — a view consistently backed by the courts.

Yesterday Mr Justice Hayden described Alfie as "a fighter" as he raised the possibility of allowing the tot home or to a hospice for parents Tom Evans and Kate James to be with him in his final days.

He told the emergency High Court hearing in Manchester: "If there were a more constructive attitude from the family might other options become possible, away from Alder Hey?", adding that taking Alfie home had been suggested.

But a doctor replied that there was a "genuine fear" among hospital staff of angry demonstrators supporting Alfie's family — adding it could take three to five days to put a plan in place.

On "courageous" Alfie's future care, Mr Justice Hayden added that options will be discussed with his parents "with the objective of promoting a removal from hospital if possible."

 Alfie Evans was born with a rare degenerative condition Alfie Evans was born with a rare degenerative condition  Supporters with Alfie's Army posted this image on Facebook showing candles lit in prayerFacebook Supporters with Alfie's Army posted this image on Facebook showing candles lit in prayer

A plane had been put on standby to fly Alfie to Rome for treatment at the Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital after Pope Francis last week lent his support to the child's desperate family.

But the judge branded Italy’s efforts to grant Alfie Italian citizenship to see him taken abroad as "disrespectful the principles of international diplomacy".

And he slammed some supporters of Alfie’s parents – who were not in court – for giving them "misleading" advice that he said had damaged their relationship with the hospital.

There have been angry demonstrations and attempts to storm the hospital over recent days as Alfie's case makes its through the courts.

Mr Justice Hayden branded one man a "fanatic" who believed he knew better than the law — and warned the demonstrator had come "perilously" close to being held in contempt of court.

Alfie's life support was switched off on Monday night after the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene in the case.

But medics were left "gobsmacked" that the sick tot had continued to breathe for a further 19 hours before he was put on oxygen yesterday.

 Dad Tom said he had been proved right as Alfie continued to breathe on his ownPA:Press Association Dad Tom said he had been proved right as Alfie continued to breathe on his own  A crowd of protesters try to get into Alder Hey last nightMercury Press A crowd of protesters try to get into Alder Hey last night

Alder Hey insisted during yesterday's hearing that doctors had explained that he could survive for hours or even days after his ventilator was withdrawn.

Refusing to accept the case for changing Alfie’s care plan, Mr Justice Hayden said: “There is capacity for something of his brain stem to generate breathing.

“But there is no sense of touch or taste or hearing and the brain remains predominantly water.”

Lawyer Paul Diamond argued that it was not in Alfie's best interests to be left at Alder Hey.

He said Alfie should be flown abroad — with an air ambulance gifted by the Italian government ready to take him.

But frustrated at the emotive language used in court by the Evans' barrister, Mr Justice Hayden said: "You do not have the moral high ground in this court".

Responding to the ruling, Alder Hey said last night: "This evening the High Court again ruled that it is in Alfie's best interests to continue with the end of life care plan developed by the clinical team who have cared for him throughout.

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Alfie Evans barred from going to Italy for treatment by Court of Appeal – as mum Kate admits sick tot is ‘struggling’ almost 2 days after life support withdrawn

ALFIE Evans has been barred from going to Italy for treatment. The Court of Appeal in London rejected the last-ditch bid to have Alfie airlifted from Alder Hay hospital in Liverpool tonight in a de…

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ALFIE Evans has been barred from going to Italy for treatment.

The Court of Appeal in London rejected the last-ditch bid to have Alfie airlifted from Alder Hay hospital in Liverpool tonight in a devastating blow to his family.

 Tom Evans earlier vowed to continue his legal fight to take seriously ill son Alfie to Italy Tom Evans earlier vowed to continue his legal fight to take seriously ill son Alfie to Italy

It comes after desperate mum Kate said the 23-month-old is "struggling and needs immediate intervention" almost two days after having his life support switched off.

The toddler's parents had launched a last ditch legal bid to allow them to take Alfie to Italy for treatment.

Dad Tom Evans and Alfie's mum Kate James are anxiously waiting the outcome of an appeal against yesterday's High Court ruling — with a decision expected imminently.

Devastated Tom, 21, revealed he has not slept for three days as he battles to release his stricken son from Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool.

He said in a Facebook post: "No sleep for three days nothing but torture and deprivation.

"Our boy continues to fight with no suffering or indication of pain."

"Coming up to 2 DAYS NOW PLEASE SAVR OUR SON YOUR LORDSHIPS."

The latest on Alfie Evans' case:

  • Alfie Evans' parents are appealing a High Court ruling stopping the tot from being taken to Italy for treatment
  • The 23-month-old's mum, Kate James, claims he is "struggling and needs immediate intervention"
  • Alfie, diagnosed with a brain condition, had life support removed at 9.17pm on Monday after Supreme Court ruling is not challenged by European Court of Human Rights
  • Last ditch hearing underway at the Court of Appeal in London this afternoon
  • Dad Tom Evans, tried to to privately prosecute three doctors for conspiracy to murder his son, court hears
  • Tom posted a Facebook Live video saying his "warrior" toddler's life had been "sustained" for a third time
  • Judge said yesterday there is "virtually nothing left" of Alfie's brain 
  • Confusion over how much treatment Alfie has received over past two days, with some reports stating he had received oxygen

 Alfie is cuddled by his mum, with the tot continuing to cling to life todayFacebook Alfie is cuddled by his mum, with the tot continuing to cling to life today

Tonight Merseyside Police warned supporters of Alfie's family that their social media posts are being monitored over reports that Alder Hey doctors are being hit with abuse.

Ch Insp Chris Gibson said: "Any offences including malicious communications and threatening behaviour will be investigated and where necessary will be acted upon".

The Court of Appeal today heard Tom tried to privately prosecute three doctors for conspiracy to murder his son.

Lord Justice Sir Andrew McFarlane criticised the legal team for Tom over claims there was "no hostility" towards hospital staff.

Alder Hey has been the scene of protests for more than a week.

Lord Justice McFarlane said: “Your client purported to take out a private prosecution to have three named doctors charged with the criminal offence of conspiracy to murder.

“Those summonses were served on the doctors and I hear you say that there is no hostility to the NHS.”

Meanwhile, a lawyer representing Tom argued there had been a "significant change of circumstances" because the tot was still breathing despite his life support being turned off.

Paul Diamond said the family should “not be bound by a decision which is now three months old”.

This morning Alfie's dad Tom said his 23-month-old son is "still fighting" and continuing to defy the odds.

 Tom spoke to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from outside hospital on This Morningrefer to caption. Tom spoke to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from outside hospital on This Morning  Alfie Evans' life support was removed at 9.17pm on Monday eveningAlfie's Army Alfie Evans' life support was removed at 9.17pm on Monday evening

But a lawyer representing Alfie's mum Kate told the hearing the youngster is "struggling and needs immediate intervention".

The court heard an air ambulance is on standby at the request of the Pope.

Alfie's parents are watching the hearing via video link as a panel of three judges consider the appeal.

This afternoon Tom posted a Facebook Live video from Alfie's hospital bed to say the toddler's life had been "sustained" for a third time.

He added: “The warrior strikes again.

"He’s back. He’s just had a little dip, he went pale, lips started going a little bit but he’s back.”

Meanwhile, a German air ambulance crew has reportedly been escorted from the Liverpool hospital by police ahead of the latest hearing.

The man and woman, seen speaking to Alfie's family, were pictured being led away.

 Tributes to baby Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey Hospital in LiverpoolEPA Tributes to baby Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool

Earlier Tom, 21, vowed to continue to fight for permission to take his son abroad.

The heartbroken dad told This Morning: “Alfie is doing still as well as he can. He’s fighting.

"He’s still not suffering…in no sign of pain.

"He’s sustained his life, like any other child would, for 36 hours. Totally unexpected of him.

“I believe I am getting closer [to getting him home]. We would be happy with that.

"But we would be more blessed to get him to Italy where he needs the treatment."

Tom said his son was receiving water, milk and oxygen.

But he claims doctors initially refused to feed his boy, saying: "It's disgusting how he's being treated.

"Not even an animal would be treated like this.

"He's proving them wrong. It's time to give him some grace and dignity and let him go home or to Italy."

Meanwhile, appeals have been made on the Alfie's Army Facebook page for ventilation equipment to be brought to the children's hospital.

Alfie's aunt Sarah Evans wrote: "Please continue to pray Alfie is still fighting."

 A German air ambulance crew has reportedly been escorted from hospital by police ahead of the latest hearingEPA A German air ambulance crew has reportedly been escorted from hospital by police ahead of the latest hearing  Alfie's devastated dad Tom Evans speaks outside hospital last nightGetty Images – Getty Alfie's devastated dad Tom Evans speaks outside hospital last night Alfie Evans’ dad, Tom Evans, reveals he’s giving tot mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to ‘keep him alive’ after judge rejected bid to fly him to Italy

Supporters were reportedly later seen running into the hospital entrance with what appeared to be medical equipment.

Alfie's battling parents vowed to challenge yesterday's ruling in the Court of Appeal today.

Tom, 21, said: "The Court of Appeal have reached out to us and said they are going to set back three judges to hear the case.

"In reality, he could be in Italy right now. We all know the military air force are ready to take him and a team of doctors are there."

Last night Tom and Alfie's mum Kate James were forced to help the critically ill tot's breathing after "his lips turned blue".

Speaking outside hospital, heartbroken Tom added: "We were doing what a nurse should have been doing to sustain his life.

 An Alfie supporter appeals for medical equipment to be brought to hospitalFacebook An Alfie supporter appeals for medical equipment to be brought to hospital  Alfie's aunt Sarah Evans also appealed for medical equipment to help AlfieFacebook Alfie's aunt Sarah Evans also appealed for medical equipment to help Alfie

“Now they are saying that he looks really good but we all know he should be in Italy right now.”

A High Court judge yesterday made the devastating call to reject a last-ditch attempt to take Alfie abroad — but asked doctors if it is possible to consider letting the 23-month-old tot go home.

A petition urging the Queen to help save Alfie reached more than 110,000 signatures in just two days.

It came as Piers Morgan urged the authorities to allow the tot's parents to release him from hospital to spend his final hours at home.

The Good Morning Britain presenter tweeted: "At least let his parents take him home to die, for goodness sake. He's THEIR little boy, nobody else's. #AlfieEvans"

Actress Kym Marsh added: “Praying hard for #alfieevans right now. Keep fighting little man.”

Alfie's parents have been embroiled in a lengthy battle for their son – who suffers from an unknown degenerative brain condition – to continue receiving treatment.

 Tom Evans speaking outside hospital tonight after the High Court ruled Alfie could not fly to Italy for treatmentGetty Images – Getty Tom Evans speaking outside hospital tonight after the High Court ruled Alfie could not fly to Italy for treatment  Tom Evans addressed the media after the devastating court rulingGetty Images – Getty Tom Evans addressed the media after the devastating court ruling  Tom and and Alfie's mum Kate had hoped to fly their stricken tot to Italy, but the courts ruled in favour of docs that he would be better off at homeGetty Images – Getty Tom and and Alfie's mum Kate had hoped to fly their stricken tot to Italy, but the courts ruled in favour of docs that he would be better off at home  Alfie was shown cuddling his family after his life support was turned off last nightinstagram Alfie was shown cuddling his family after his life support was turned off last night

He has been in a "semi-vegetative state" for more than a year and is currently only receiving oxygen after being taken off life support last night.

Doctors argued that it was in Alfie's best interest to end his life support — a view consistently backed by the courts.

Yesterday Mr Justice Hayden described Alfie as "a fighter" as he raised the possibility of allowing the tot home or to a hospice for parents Tom Evans and Kate James to be with him in his final days.

He told the emergency High Court hearing in Manchester: "If there were a more constructive attitude from the family might other options become possible, away from Alder Hey?", adding that taking Alfie home had been suggested.

But a doctor replied that there was a "genuine fear" among hospital staff of angry demonstrators supporting Alfie's family — adding it could take three to five days to put a plan in place.

On "courageous" Alfie's future care, Mr Justice Hayden added that options will be discussed with his parents "with the objective of promoting a removal from hospital if possible."

 Alfie Evans was born with a rare degenerative condition Alfie Evans was born with a rare degenerative condition  Supporters with Alfie's Army posted this image on Facebook showing candles lit in prayerFacebook Supporters with Alfie's Army posted this image on Facebook showing candles lit in prayer

A plane had been put on standby to fly Alfie to Rome for treatment at the Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital after Pope Francis last week lent his support to the child's desperate family.

But the judge branded Italy’s efforts to grant Alfie Italian citizenship to see him taken abroad as "disrespectful the principles of international diplomacy".

And he slammed some supporters of Alfie’s parents – who were not in court – for giving them "misleading" advice that he said had damaged their relationship with the hospital.

There have been angry demonstrations and attempts to storm the hospital over recent days as Alfie's case makes its through the courts.

Mr Justice Hayden branded one man a "fanatic" who believed he knew better than the law — and warned the demonstrator had come "perilously" close to being held in contempt of court.

Alfie's life support was switched off on Monday night after the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene in the case.

But medics were left "gobsmacked" that the sick tot had continued to breathe for a further 19 hours before he was put on oxygen yesterday.

 Dad Tom said he had been proved right as Alfie continued to breathe on his ownPA:Press Association Dad Tom said he had been proved right as Alfie continued to breathe on his own  A crowd of protesters try to get into Alder Hey last nightMercury Press A crowd of protesters try to get into Alder Hey last night

Alder Hey insisted during yesterday's hearing that doctors had explained that he could survive for hours or even days after his ventilator was withdrawn.

Refusing to accept the case for changing Alfie’s care plan, Mr Justice Hayden said: “There is capacity for something of his brain stem to generate breathing.

“But there is no sense of touch or taste or hearing and the brain remains predominantly water.”

Lawyer Paul Diamond argued that it was not in Alfie's best interests to be left at Alder Hey.

He said Alfie should be flown abroad — with an air ambulance gifted by the Italian government ready to take him.

But frustrated at the emotive language used in court by the Evans' barrister, Mr Justice Hayden said: "You do not have the moral high ground in this court".

Responding to the ruling, Alder Hey said last night: "This evening the High Court again ruled that it is in Alfie's best interests to continue with the end of life care plan developed by the clinical team who have cared for him throughout.

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Body modification artist shows off bizarre alterations he’s made to his body… including horns, pointed ears and ultraviolet tattoos

A BODY modification artist has spent the past 30 years covering his skin in bizarre alterations – from electrical key fobs fitted into his hand to horns implanted into his head. Russ Foxx fro…

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A BODY modification artist has spent the past 30 years covering his skin in bizarre alterations – from electrical key fobs fitted into his hand to horns implanted into his head.

Russ Foxx from Vancouver has had over 100 modifications applied to his body and defines himself as a trans humanist who evolves with technology and time.

 36-year-old Russ Foxx says his body is walking canvas after all the modifications he has made to itCaters News Agency 36-year-old Russ Foxx says his body is walking canvas after all the modifications he has made to it

His extreme lifestyle began when he got his ears pierced aged five, and became 'fascinated' by it.

By age 18, he had over 50 piercings in his face and now 36, works as a full time modifications artist.

Russ said: "If there is anything I truly own, it's my body.

"I view modifications as the art and my body is the canvas.

 He can lock his front door using just his hand because he had a key fob fitted underneath the skinCaters News Agency He can lock his front door using just his hand because he had a key fob fitted underneath the skin  One of his most distinctive modifications is the silicon horn on his headCaters News Agency One of his most distinctive modifications is the silicon horn on his head

"Since becoming an adult, I find myself gravitating towards more functional modifications that enhance my natural abilities – such as unlocking my front door with a device I've had surgically implanted in my hand."

Perhaps the most distinctive of all Russ's body modifications is the pair of casted silicon horns that he fitted into his head to "lead the shallow and judgemental away.

 His arm is home to a piece of artwork - formed from healing scarsCaters News Agency His arm is home to a piece of artwork – formed from healing scars  The key fob can clearly be seen under his handCaters News Agency The key fob can clearly be seen under his hand

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