Alfie Evans Has Passed Away


by Sharon Rondeau

(Apr. 28, 2018) — The parents of a 23-month-old British boy at the heart of a moral and ethical medical battle announced on Facebook early Saturday morning that he passed away.

Alfie Evans’s parents were not able to take him home from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, as had reportedly been a possibility late last week after his respirator was removed on Monday.  To doctors’ and the world’s surprise, Alfie was able to breathe on his own with some mouth-to-mouth resuscitation provided by his father.

On Saturday a spokesman for a Christian group supportive of continued care for Alfie stated that “Alfie’s parents wanted him to go home to die in the end, but the hospital appeared to think they would have absconded with him. It was ludicrous and heartbreaking. Alfie died in hospital with police standing guard outside his door. That’s completely unsatisfactory.”

For months, British courts ruled that further treatment for what is said to have been “a rare degenerative brain condition” was not in Alfie’s best interest.

Pope Francis had expressed his support for additional measures to be taken, and Alfie’s parents, Tom and Kate, had desired to take him to Italy’s Gesu Bambino Pediatric Hospital.  The facility had agreed to not only treat the child, but also to transport him there, providing a waiting airliner should the British courts reverse their previous decisions.

While Alfie’s parents had threatened to sue the hospital and doctors if Alfie died, on Thursday night Tom Evans issued a statement demonstrating a sharp about-face in which he said that his son’s supporters should “return back to their everyday lives” and respect the family’s privacy.

“In Alfie’s interests we will work with his treating team on a plan that provides our boy with the dignity and comfort he needs,” Tom Evans said.  The hospital had previously employed the word “dignity” in connection with the boy’s expected passing.

On Thursday night, however, a relative of the Evanses said that Tom and Kate were not resigned to their son’s death.

A Crowdfunding site established just three months ago with the purpose of obtaining a “diagnosis” for Alfie reported that as an infant, he was significantly developmentally delayed and suffered from seizures.  Describing his struggle after contracting a respiratory infection, the website told supporters:

…They told us in the new year that Alfie wasn’t going to make it so we had him christened. We thought we were going to lose our son!
But Alfie had other ideas, he managed to beat the infection and start breathing on his own. He came off the vent in March and was on cpap. He was moving and trying to open his eyes!

Unfortunately he caught another infection so ended up back on the vent. Even though Alfie came back from this same thing before and he does show signs now like moving, yawning, stretching, Alderhay want to turn his life support off!
They have told us to get lawyers!!!
Please help us save our sons life, we do not want to let him die when there could be something to help him!!
Thank you!

Alfie’s supporters around the world were known as “Alfie’s Army.”

On Saturday Alfie’s father wrote on Facebook:

My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30 😥😢😥😢😥 absolutely heartbroken💔😭 I LOVE YOU MY GUY💙💙💙👨‍👦


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