Published: Sun, April 29, 2018
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Alfie Evans dies 5 days after hospital yanks his life support

Alfie Evans dies 5 days after hospital yanks his life support

His parents posted the news on social media, saying they were "heartbroken".

The terminally ill 23-month-old British toddler at the center of a legal battle died on Saturday.

In an Orwellian turn of events, High Court Justice Anthony Hayden ruled that it was "in Alfie's best interest" for him to "conclude his life, as he has lived it, with dignity". A judge earlier this week sided with his doctors, who said he suffered from a rare and incurable degenerative neurological condition.

Evans had a rare degenerative brain condition that left him in a "semi-vegetative state" with nearly no brain function.

"Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am". "My Gladiator laid down his shield and got wings... my heart is absolutely broken", - he wrote. Earlier this month, Thomas Evans met with Pope Francis in Rome and asked the pontiff to see his son in Liverpool.

Lord Sugar tweeted: 'RIP Alfie Evans.

Officials in Poland and Italy criticized Britain's courts and state-run National Health Service. His parents also demanded from the authorities not to disconnect the child from life support. If an agreement can not be reached between the parents and doctors, "a court should be asked to make a declaration about whether the provision of life-sustaining treatment would benefit the child".

There were emotional scenes as supporters of all ages gathered in a park near to Alder Hey Children's Hospital - where Alfie had received treatment. Haden is a human being no nobler than Alfie's parents, nor is the life of his child the one being ruled upon.

Francis has spoken repeatedly about Alfie.

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

People release balloons outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital following the death of 23-month old Alfie Evans, who was being treated at the hospital in Liverpool, England, Saturday April 28, 2018.

"I wish to repeat and strongly confirm that the only master of life from the beginning until the natural end is God". "It is our duty to do all that is possible to safeguard life".

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

Helen Cross, an expert in child epilepsy at another children's hospital in London, told the hearing that scans showed over 70 percent of the baby's brain fibre had been lost and said there was "no prospect of recovery".

The hospital said that further attempts to treat the child are meaningless and, indeed, inhumane.

The couple heavily criticised medical staff, with Mr Evans suggesting his son was a "prisoner" at the hospital and had been misdiagnosed.

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

He thanked the hospital staff "for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly hard time for them too".

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