British toddler whose parents fought to maintain life support dies

Casey Dawson
April 30, 2018

It was a strikingly different tone from the one he struck earlier, when he said doctors were wrong about Alfie's prognosis and threatened to resume his fight in court.

Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old British toddler at the centre of a High Court battle, died on Saturday almost a week after his life support was withdrawn.

Following the death, Kate wrote: "Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2.30am".

"My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30 absolutely heartbroken", the boy's father Tom Evans wrote on Facebook.

Tom Evans said his 23-month-old son, Alfie, survived for six hours with no assistance, and that doctors are now providing oxygen and hydration.

Alfie had a rare, degenerative disease and had been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year.

Doctors had already removed life support on Monday after the parents lost a previous appeal to keep him alive. But his parents fought for months to try to convince judges to allow them to take him to the Vatican's children's hospital so he could be kept on life support.

"I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie", Francis said.

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Alfie, who was born in May 2016, was first admitted to Alder Hey hospital the following December after suffering seizures, and had been a patient at the hospital ever since. But the boy continued to breathe on his own.

The death came after an easing of tensions between the family and the hospital.

"It's not a miracle; it's a misdiagnosis".

High Court Justice Anthony Hayden expelled the guardians' case, saying his decision was "the last section in the life of this phenomenal young man". Courts often intervene when parents and doctors disagree over the treatment of a child, whose rights usually take precedence over the parent's right to decide what's best; this is all indicated under the British Law. It also prohibited his parents from seeking treatment elsewhere. The boy could not see, hear, swallow or cry.

The terminally ill British toddler's case drew attention from all over the world including Pope Francis.

On Wednesday, judges on the UK Court of Appeal ruled against Alfie's family, following a decision by the High Court on Tuesday that prevented Alfie from leaving Britain for further medical treatment. Charlie died in July 2017 with his parents by his side a day after.

Pope Francis has responded to the death of little Alfie Evans, the disabled boy who died just days short of his 2nd birthday. "Can't help feel angry for you".

'RIP sweetheart, fly high with them angels and go have some fun with my baby boy'. Thinking of you Tom & Kate!

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