British toddler in legal battle dead

Saul Bowman
April 30, 2018

The terminally ill 23-month-old British toddler at the center of a legal battle died on Saturday.

His father, Tom Evans announced that the boy from Merseyside, who had a degenerative brain condition, died at 02:30 BST (British Summer Time).

A statement posted on the hospital website said: 'We feel sure people will wish to place tributes to Alfie along with messages of support for Kate and Tom.

Despite objections from his parents, Thomas and Kate, doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital removed Alfie from life support on Monday.

The parents make an application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to take Alfie to Rome for treatment, instead of letting him come off life support.

Tom added that their lives had been "turned upside down" by the "intense focus" his case had received.

Hundreds of tearful supporters of Alfie Evans and his family gathered at a park near Alder Hey Children's Hospital to release balloons today to honor the little boy after his death.

"Very sad to hear about the death of little Alfie Evans".

Alfie's parents heavily criticized both the outcome of the court case and the medical staff at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, where Alfie had been since December 2016, calling their son a "prisoner". They even went as far as to grant Alfie Italian citizenship so he could remain in the country.

April 24: Alfie's life support is withdrawn.


The case drew global support, with Pope Francis even publicly asking Britain to grant the parents' wishes.

The incident itself has caused incredible amounts of public outrage and campaigning for better treatment, with the hospital staff reportedly shocked after countless acts of abuse towards them.

The court battle between the parents and medical staff lasted for four months.

United Kingdom Judge, Justice Anthony Hayden, said the ruling represented "the final chapter in the life of this extraordinary boy".

He said: "We. thank Alder Hey staff at every level for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly hard time for them too".

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

Bradley Lowery's mum said that Alfie Evans will be able to play with her son after he died on Saturday.

Tom and Kate have made a decision to fix the relationship between all those involved, including the medical employees in hopes of fixing everything related to Alfie's passing.

"Now it is time for us to give Tom and Kate space to grieve their son's death and offer our prayers for him and consolation for all", he said, the BBC reported.

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