LONDON — Alfie Evans, the terminally unwell British toddler who was on the middle of a bitter authorized battle, died on Saturday morning, his mother and father mentioned, 5 days after he was taken off life help.
His mom, Kate James, posted on a Fb web page devoted to his case, Alfie’s Military: “Our child boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 a.m. We’re heartbroken.”
His father, Thomas Evans, additionally posted on Fb, “My gladiator lay down his defend,” including, “I really like you, my man.”
Alfie, 23 months previous, had a uncommon degenerative mind situation that his docs mentioned was incurable. He had been in a semi-vegetative state for greater than a yr. Alder Hey Kids’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, the place he had been getting remedy, concluded it will be futile to deal with him additional.
However the boy’s mother and father fought all the way in which as much as the British Court docket of Attraction to maintain him on life help. His Fb web page drew practically 800,000 members. Many staged protests outdoors the hospital. His case drew the help of the Italian authorities, which granted him citizenship, and the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù hospital provided to take care of him.
On Saturday, Pope Francis posted on Twitter: “I’m deeply moved by the demise of little Alfie. Right now I pray particularly for his mother and father, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace.”
The overseas minister of Italy, Angelino Alfano, additionally tweeted in Italian: “Goodbye, little Alfie. We liked you.”
Alfie, who was born on Might 9, 2016, was admitted to the hospital when he was 7 months previous, after struggling seizures.
“For the third day now, there’s been not one single drawback with him,” his father mentioned outdoors the hospital on Thursday. “It’s not a miracle; it’s a misdiagnosis.”
His mother and father misplaced or had been turned away within the Excessive Court docket, the Supreme Court docket and European Court docket of Human Rights. On Wednesday, the British Court docket of Attraction upheld a ruling that authorised the withdrawal of care and sustenance. It additionally prohibited Alfie’s mother and father from in search of remedy elsewhere.
The mother and father’ attorneys, from the Christian Authorized Heart, had vowed to proceed their appeals.
The rulings echoed one other high-profile case, that of Charlie Gard, the British toddler who had a uncommon genetic abnormality often called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. The boy couldn’t see, hear, swallow or cry.
His plight drew consideration from Francis and President Trump.
Charlie’s mother and father fought a protracted and public battle to lengthen his life, however bowed to the consensus of medical consultants who mentioned there was no reasonable likelihood of saving him: The kid had irreversible mind injury.
The British Excessive Court docket dominated that he may very well be moved to a hospice and that his life help may very well be withdrawn. Charlie died in July 2017 along with his mother and father by his aspect a day after.
The information of Alfie’s demise drew an outpouring on social media.
“Terrible information,” Tara Vernal wrote on Fb. “Can’t assist really feel offended for you.”
One other particular person, Mary Fiander, wrote: “God bless you, lovely Alfie. Fly excessive and free darling. Tom and Kate, my coronary heart goes out to you each. Your little soldier was liked and adored by you. No person may have fought a harder battle for Alfie. You’re wonderful.”
In a press release, the hospital expressed “heartfelt sympathies and condolences to Alfie’s household.”