British toddler at center of legal battle dies

30 April, 2018, 03:26 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Alfie Evans, the British toddler who captured the hearts and minds of many as his parents fought for his life against the British government and doctors, has died.

Until his death, Alfie suffered from a degenerative medical condition and his parents, Kate James and Thomas Evans, sought to get him from a hospital in Liverpool in northwest England to a clinic in Rome, against doctors advice.

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.

Regardless of complaints from his folks, Thomas and Kate, specialists at Alder Hey Children's Hospital expelled Alfie from life support on Monday. As a result, doctors recommended that Alfie be taken off life support and forbade future treatment.

"Our lives have been turned upside down by the intense focus on Alfie and his situation", Evans said Thursday outside Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital, where Alfie was treated for more than a year.

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The hospital issued a statement Saturday expressing its "heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Alfie's family at this extremely distressing time". If Alfie's parent were to do this, they would be charged with child abuse, but under Britain's system of socialized medicine, it's simply a hospital decision reinforced by a court ruling.

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Hundreds of balloons have been released by supporters of Alfie Evans after his tragic death earlier today. In Alfie's cases, judges sided with doctors each time. He thanked the hospital staff "at every level for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly hard time for them too".

Pope Francis has led tributes to Alfie Evans after the toddler's parents announced his death.

Presenter Piers Morgan said: "RIP Alfie Evans". They even went as far as to grant Alfie Italian citizenship so he could remain in the country.

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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".

Boxer Tony Bellew said: "RIP Alfie Evans".

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

Others left flowers outside the medical centre, with messages such as: We fell in love with a little boy we never knew.

All who have been touched by the story of this little boy's heroic struggle for life will feel this loss deeply.

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