Terminally ill Alfie Evans dies after legal battle over treatment

Alfie's father Tom Evans. Credit PA

Alfie's father Tom Evans. Credit PA

The basic dynamic is like the Gard and Evans and McMath cases but with the generational roles reversed: Instead of parents trying to pry their children away from the medical establishment, you have adult children unable to bring their parents home because their state-appointed guardians say no.

This morning the family updated the public with the news and wrote: 'Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am.

Alfie's father Tom Evans paid tribute to his young son on Facebook, writing: 'My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 2.30am.

Evans had been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year and the hospital he had been treated at in Liverpool, England concluded that any further treatment would be in vain.

Nonetheless, the hospital took Evans off life support on Monday, against his parent's wishes.

The pontiff had shown support for the efforts of the parents of the toddler to get him help outside of the UK.

An administrator of the Alfie Army Facebook page posted a video of the moving ceremony. Staff at the hospital treating Alfie were reportedly threatened after medical experts in Britain agreed that more treatment for Alfie would be futile, but his parents wanted to take him to Rome, where the Vatican's Bambino Gesu hospital had offered to care for him.

He wrote: "I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie".

Alfie, who was born on May 9, 2016, was admitted to the hospital when he was 7 months old, after suffering seizures.

Parents Tom Evans and Kate James fought to keep their son on life support. But the boy continued to breathe on his own. But judges maintained removing him from care was the right choice and prevented his parents from transferring him to another hospital.

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

March 1: Parents appeal High Court ruling. It also prohibited his parents from seeking treatment elsewhere.

March 20: Supreme Court justices decide the case is not worth arguing and refuse to give the couple permission to mount another appeal. Charlie Gard, an infant with a rare genetic condition known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, died in July after months of battling for prolonged treatment.

Alfie's case received widespread attention outside Britain, especially in predominantly Catholic countries.

A court decided on Tuesday that Alfie was too wiped out to possibly be taken to doctor's facility at the Vatican and nothing had changed since the past decision. Charlie died in July 2017 with his parents by his side a day after.

Earlier this month, Thomas Evans met with Pope Francis in Rome and asked the pontiff to see his son in Liverpool.

'RIP sweetheart, fly high with them angels and go have some fun with my baby boy'.

"Goodbye, little Alfie. We loved you", Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano tweeted Saturday. Nobody could have fought a tougher battle for Alfie.

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