The Moment Balloons Are Released For Alfie Evans

29 April, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Cecil Davis
  • Journalists outside Alder Hey. Credit PA

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British toddler at the centre of a High Court battle, died on Saturday almost a week after his life support was withdrawn.

The parents had fought to take their son, who had a degenerative condition that caused irreversible brain damage, out of a hospital in Liverpool in northwest England to a clinic in Rome but lost a final court appeal on Wednesday.

"Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am".

'We are heart broken.

His parents, Tom Evans, 21, and 20-year-old Kate James, had fought to keep him on life-support as they sought innovative treatment outside their native UK.

The hospital, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, withdrew Alfie's life support Monday after a series of court rulings.

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.

Alder Hey issued a statement to express "heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Alfie's family".

"This has been a devastating journey for them", the hospital said.

Prior to Alfie's passing, his father thanked everyone for their support and requested privacy to facilitate reconciliation with the hospital authorities.

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Alfie had been in a semi-vegetative state and scans of his brain had shown that nearly all of it had been destroyed. "Today i pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him into his tender embrace".

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.

Pope Francis tweeted Saturday that he was "deeply moved" by Alfie's death.

Alder Hey Hospital said scans showed "catastrophic degradation of his brain tissue" and that further treatment was not only "futile" but also "unkind and inhumane".

"I wish to repeat and strongly confirm that the only master of life from the beginning until the natural end is God".

In the hours after Alfie was taken off ventilation support, hospital staff refused to provide the toddler with ventilation and hydration.

In a statement posted Thursday on Facebook, Evans thanked hospital staff "at every level for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly hard time for them too".

Alfie's parents wanted to take him to Rome, where the Vatican's Bambino Gesu hospital had offered to care for him.

If agreement can not be reached between the parents and the healthcare professionals, "a court should be asked to make a declaration about whether the provision of life-sustaining treatment would benefit the child".

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