Tom Evans and Kate James lost an appeal Wednesday after a British Court of Appeal upheld a ruling preventing the 23-month old from traveling overseas following the withdrawal of his life support.
The father of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans said Thursday that he plans to meet doctors to discuss taking his son home from a British hospital.
The 23-month-old boy suffers from a degenerative neurological condition that has left him in a "semi-vegetative state".
Alfie has been at the centre of a life-or-death treatment battle, with his parents trying to block doctors from withdrawing life support in a sometimes acrimonious six-month dispute which has seen a series of court battles.
But Tom has disputed the diagnosis, arguing that Alfie was "still fighting" and was "comfortable" despite being taken off life support three days ago.
Doctors suggested that Alfie be be given end of life care as his quality of life had worsened, but since his life support was turned off, the young boy has continued to breathe on his own, aside from an incident on Tuesday in which the family said his lips turned blue.
Evans said that he will head back to court if Thursday's meeting does not go well.
Evans added that no more statements or interviews would be given by him on the subject.
Tom had launched a last ditch legal attempt to have Alfie brought to Italy for medical care as he felt enough wasn't being done to help Alfie survive at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool. We could take it further but would that be the right thing to do, would there be more criticism?
Evans and James' son was born healthy in May 2016 but after missing a number of developmental milestones, Alfie's parents knew something was wrong.
A peaceful march to show support for seriously-ill toddler Alfie Evans and his family is being organised in Banbury tomorrow (Friday, April 27). In such cases, the rights of the child take primacy over the parents' right to decide what's best for their offspring. The Liverpool hospital has faced several protests in recent weeks, organized by a group calling itself "Alfie's Army".
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. Polish President Andrzej Duda demanded over Twitter Alfie be saved.
The chairman of the Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Sir David Henshaw said that Alder Hey staff had "endured attacks upon our motivation, our professionalism and our ethics".
On Monday, the Italian government granted Alfie citizenship in the hope he would be given an "immediate transfer".
"Our staff have received in person, via phone calls, email, and through social media channels a barrage of highly abusive and threatening language and behaviour that has shocked us all".
Merseyside Police is investigating claims patients and staff were intimidated.