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Alfie Evans: parents' legal battle to keep son on life support

Alfie Evans: parents' legal battle to keep son on life support Alfie Evans: parents' legal battle to keep son on life support
Melissa Porter | 16 May, 2018, 10:36

Alfie had a degenerative neurological brain condition and his case drew worldwide attention when his parents became determined to keep him on life support.

Evans was born on May 9, 2016, and was first taken to hospital in December of that year after suffering seizures.

Tearful supporters wore T-shirts emblazoned with the 23-month-old's face and threw roses onto the bonnet of the passing hearse.

His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, fought to take their toddler to Rome for further treatment, but a court ruled that his life support could be turned off.

He died in Alder Hey Children's Hospital on 28 April, surrounded by his family. The family has requested that the funeral itself remains private.

Ch Insp Chris Gibson, from Merseyside Police, said Alfie's parents Tom and Kate "continue to thank the community".

The parents of a seriously ill little boy from Liverpool are fighting a court ruling allowing medics to withdraw his life support.

Alfie had suffered from an undiagnosed brain condition.

Evans, a Catholic, and the boy's mother, Kate James, wanted to take Alfie out of the United Kingdom after doctors at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital said they could do no more to help the child, and a High Court judge ruled that it was in Alfie's best interests to die.

Tom and Kate Evan have been battling to have their son transferred to Italy for medical treatment.

Announcing the news of his death on 28 April, his parents said: "Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30am".

Judges in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court agreed with doctors and rejected a series of legal challenges by his parents to take him overseas.