Condolences pour in for Brit toddler Alfie Evans

Journalists outside Alder Hey. Credit PA

When the court did not rule in their favor, the parents appealed the decision, and after that appeal was lost, the case was referred to the Supreme Court.

On Facebook he wrote: "My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings. absolutely heartbroken".

Alfie's life-support machine was switched off on Monday night. "They wanted to access this, and they were denied that possibility by the state".

Steven Woolfe, Member of the European Parliament, who is pushing to change the law in the United Kingdom "in favour of parents", tweeted, "I am devastated by the passing of little Alfie, who has been a fighter throughout".

Above all, we must thank Tom and Kate for their unstinting love of their son, and the staff at Alder Hey Hospital for their professional care of Alfie.

Tom Evans said his 23-month-old son, Alfie, survived for six hours with no assistance, and that doctors are now providing oxygen and hydration.




It added: "All of us feel deeply for Alfie, Kate, Tom and his whole family and our thoughts are with them".

The case drew global support, with Pope Francis even publicly asking Britain to grant the parents' wishes.

Pope Francis tweeted that he was "moved by the death of little Alfie" and that his prayers was with his parents.

He said: "We. thank Alder Hey staff at every level for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly hard time for them too. Today i pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him into his tender embrace". Karen & I are praying for comfort and peace for his parents, Katie & Tom, during this incredibly hard time. "We are thinking of you and will always remember your handsome boy Alfie Evans", wrote Brooke Ewing.

Her fate is thus a case study in why a decent society allows families leeway to defy medical consensus: not only for the sake of parental rights and religious beliefs, not only because biases around race and class and faith creep into medical decision-making, but also because in hard cases the official medical consensus often doesn't come close to grasping all the possibilities, and letting people go their own way is often the only way to discover where it's wrong. You all fought so hard.

In an earlier statement published on April 12, Alfie's mother Kate James wrote, "How sad is it that someone can tell you where and when your child is going to die?"

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