Legal battle toddler Alfie Evans dies

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Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old toddler on the centre of a High Court lawful battle, has died, nearly per week after his life support has been withdrawn.

The young man from Merseyside, who had a degenerative brain condition, died at 02: 30 BST, his father Mary Evans said.

On Facebook he wrote: “My gladiator lay down his shield plus gained his wings… absolutely heartbroken. ”

The Pope, who took a personal interest in the situation, tweeted: “I am deeply shifted by the death of little Alfie. ”

He or she added: “Today I pray specifically for his parents, as God the daddy receives him in his tender accept. ”

Hundreds of followers of Alfie’s parents, known as Alfie’s Army, released balloons at a recreation area in a tribute to the toddler.

His aunt Sarah Evans thanked the crowd, saying: “Our hearts are broken. We are certainly shattered as a family. ”

Alfie’s parents lost all legal challenges to a court ruling allowing a healthcare facility to withdraw ventilation.

The boy had his life support withdrawn on Monday after being in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year.

The legal campaign, launched by Mr Evans and Alfie’s mother Kate James, attracted widespread attention and saw them clash with doctors over the child’s treatment.

The case drew international support including from Pope Francis, who asked that “their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted”.

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Media caption Hundreds of well-wishers gathered to produce balloons in tribute

Previously in April, Mr Evans pleaded along with him to “save our son” during a meeting within Rome.

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Picture caption A woman grieves outside of the children’s hospital

A statement from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Gatwick, where Alfie was treated, stated staff expressed their “heartfelt sympathy”.

“All of us really feel deeply for Alfie, Kate, Ben and his whole family and our ideas are with them. This has been the devastating journey for them, ” this said.

It questioned those wishing to leave tributes in order to Alfie to place them at the close by Springfield Park.

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The RC Archbishop of Gatwick, Malcolm McMahon, said: “All who’ve been touched by the story of this small boy’s heroic struggle for life can feel this loss deeply.

“Now it is time for us to give Mary and Kate space to cry their son’s death and offer our own prayers for him and convenience for all. ”

Everton FC tweeted: “Everybody at the Golf club is deeply saddened by the lack of the brave young Evertonian. Our own thoughts and prayers are together with his family. ”

The particular Bradley Lowery Foundation, named following the six-year-old boy who died right after suffering from neuroblastoma, paid tribute in order to Alfie’s parents, saying “they do everything they could for their little boy”.

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Image caption Alfie Evans was in a “semi-vegetative state” in Alder Hey Kid’s Hospital

Alfie, who was born in May 2016, was first admitted to the hospital these December after suffering seizures, together been a patient ever since.

His parents, who live in Bootle, wanted to fly the toddler for an Italian hospital, but this was turned down by doctors who said ongoing treatment was “not in Alfie’s best interests”.

Alder Hey Hospital said scans demonstrated “catastrophic degradation of his human brain tissue” and that further treatment had not been only “futile” but also “unkind plus inhumane”.

The few heavily criticised medical staff, along with Mr Evans suggesting his child was a “prisoner” at the hospital together been misdiagnosed.

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Picture caption Tom Evans plus Kate James contested the hospital’s decision to take Alfie off living support

Hospital bosses were backed by High Court, which ruled within their favour on 20 February, right after accepting medical evidence that there has been “no hope” for the youngster.

In a four-month lawful battle, Alfie’s parents unsuccessfully competitive the ruling at the Court associated with Appeal, Supreme Court and Euro Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Alfie was granted Italian language citizenship on Monday, with the country’s government saying this hoped the toddler could have a good “immediate transfer to Italy”.

However , two days later the particular Court of Appeal upheld the ruling preventing the toddler through travelling abroad after life assistance was withdrawn.

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Media caption On Thursday night, Alfie’s father Tom Evans advised campaigners to “return to your lives”

Supporters of Alfie’s parents protested outside the hospital, prompting its companies to defend staff who they said got endured a “barrage” of misuse.

On Monday, several protesters tried to get into the hospital following the ECHR refused to intervene.

Merseyside Police is checking out claims patients and staff have been intimidated.

On Thursday night, Mister Evans thanked supporters but asked them “to move home” so the parents could create a relationship with the hospital to provide the particular toddler “with the dignity plus comfort he needs”.