Parents ‘heartbroken’ as Alfie Evans ‘gains his wings’
Alfie Evans, the seriously ill Catholic boy at the heart of a long-running legal battle, has died in the early hours of Saturday, his parents have said.
Tom Evans, the father of the 23-month-old child, announced the news on Facebook: “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30,” he wrote. “I love you my guy.”
Kate James, Alfie’s mother, wrote: “Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am. We are heart broken. Thank you everyone for all your support.”
Mr Evans had been fighting Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in court to take the toddler to Rome for continued medical care.
Universe editor Joseph Kelly said: “The bravery of little Alfie and his parents has moved the entire world. we are all in mourning and our thoughts are very much with Tom and Kate, who put up such a brave and eloquent fight for their beloved child.”
It is hoped that the case will bring about a change in the law. On Friday Catholic MEP Steven Woolfe launched ‘Alfie’s Law’, a campaign to give more say in end-of-life hospital care for their children.
‘The cases of Charlie Gard, Aysha King, and now Alfie Evans, show a dangerous trend of public bodies depriving parents and families of the right to make decisions they believe are in the best interests of their children,” said Mr Woolfe.
“‘Parents’ rights should neither be ignored nor dismissed as irrelevant by hospitals and courts, who believe they know best and have the power, money and resources to overwhelm families who simply want to save their child.
“We demand a change in the law to restore the rights of parents in such decisions.”