Alfie Evans, 23-Month Old, Passes Away After Life-Support Removal

Sunday, 29 Apr, 2018

He died early Saturday morning, his parents said on social media.

Alfie Evans, the terminally ill British child who gained global attention due to a series of court cases surrounding his removal from life support, has died, according to his family. Alfie passed away at Alder Hey Children's Hospital after he was put on life-support in 2016.

Alfie had been taken off life support earlier this week.

April 28: The 23-month-old - who was being treated at Alder Hey - died at 2.30am, Ms James and Mr Evans say on Facebook.

His dad Tom had been fighting to get him to Italy for treatment.

On Saturday morning, Kate Evans broke the news on the Alfie's Army Facebook page, saying: Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am. "We are heartbroken. Thank you, everyone, for all your support". "Thank you everyone for all your support". Pope Francis met with Evans and appealed for the wishes of the boy's parents to be heeded, saying only God can decide who dies.

Officials in largely Catholic Poland and Italy have implicitly criticized Britain's courts and state-run National Health Service on the case.

Judges had to weigh up complicated issues in reaching their decisions over whether the family should be able to continue seeking to continue treatment. Haden is a human being no nobler than Alfie's parents, nor is the life of his child the one being ruled upon.

However, judges sided with doctors who said there was no chance of recovery.

Many were seen crying as they visited a scene where, on Monday, as passions ran high, police were forced to block dozens of people who tried to storm the hospital building.

Francis has spoken repeatedly about Alfie. Unfortunately, since then, a conflict has ensued between the hospital and Alfie's parents, Tom Evans and Kate James.

Pope Francis took to Twitter and wrote,"I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie". "It is our duty to do all that is possible to safeguard life".

Alfie's case was the second such case to divide the British public this year.

His parents said that the youngster had defied doctors' expectations and they took their case to the Court of Appeal, but the application to take him overseas was rejected. We are absolutely shattered as a family.

The couple heavily criticised medical staff, with Thomas Evans suggesting his son was a "prisoner" at the hospital and had been misdiagnosed.

Supporters prayed for the toddler in St. Peter's Square to show solidarity with his parents, while in Warsaw people placed candles, teddy bears and notes in front of the British embassy.