The Moment Balloons Are Released For Alfie Evans

29 April, 2018, 01:45 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • Alfie's father Tom Evans. Credit PA

This morning the family updated the public with the news and wrote: 'Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am.

Kate James and Tom Evans made the announcement on social media, saying they were "heartbroken".

The Bradley Lowery Foundation, named after the six-year-old boy who died after suffering from neuroblastoma, paid tribute to Alfie's parents, saying "they did everything they could for their little boy". But his parents fought for months to try to convince judges to allow them to take him to the Vatican's children's hospital, where life support would have been maintained.

"Our little family along with Alder Hey..."

It added: "All of us feel deeply for Alfie, Kate, Tom and his whole family and our thoughts are with them. We also wish to thank Alder Hey staff at every level of their dignity and professionalism during what must have been an incredibly hard time for them too".

Alfie's parents have been backed by Pope Francis and Poland's President Andrzej Duda.

The Pope, who took a personal interest in the case, tweeted: "I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie". "Today I pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace", the pontiff wrote on his Twitter account.

Life support was withdrawn on Monday after a last-ditch appeal to the high court was turned down.

The parents disagreed and the two sides went to court.

The hospital said in a statement that it consulted with outside doctors, including ones in Rome, who concluded that the child's condition was irreversible and untreatable.

Alfie had a rare, degenerative disease and had been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year.

The youngster was at the centre of a legal battle over his treatment that touched hearts around the world.

The parents' campaign was backed by the pope and Christian groups, which helped draw global attention to the case. "The only author of life, from its beginning to its natural end, is God", he said.

Alfie's father had traveled to Rome earlier this month to meet Francis, who had expressed his backing for their cause, and a hospital in Rome offered to treat the toddler. In such cases, the rights of the child take primacy over the parents' right to decide what's best for their offspring.

British law states that parents "cannot demand a particular treatment to be continued where the burdens of the treatment clearly outweigh the benefits for the child". 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". He died one week before his first birthday.

The toddler's parents had unsuccessfully fought a series of court battles to keep him on life support.

Alfie's parents lost all legal challenges to a court ruling allowing the hospital to withdraw ventilation.

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