After an intense legal battle to keep him on life support, British toddler Aflie Evans has died, his parents announced on Saturday.
The 23-month-old toddler was diagnosed with an incurable degenerative brain condition. Aflie’s parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, fought for months take their son to Italy for alternative treatment, but the hospital and government ultimately refused to let them leave with their son.
The parents weren’t even allowed to take their son home to die.
On Monday, the hospital removed Alfie’s life support after they decided additional treatment was not in the child’s “best interests.” The boy defied doctors and clung for life for over five days before he passed away.
“My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30,” Tom Evans wrote on Facebook. “Absolutely heartbroken… I LOVE YOU MY GUY.”
Supporters released hundreds of balloons outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in memory of Alfie Evans.
— CapitalLivNews (@CapitalLivNews) April 28, 2018
The scene was beautiful.
Hundreds of balloons have been released at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in memory of 23-month-old Alfie Evans. The toddler died in the early hours of this morning. #AlfieEvans #AlderHey #AlfiesArmy pic.twitter.com/hg0LTgtZRt
— Adam McClean (@AdamMcCleanITV) April 28, 2018
The timing of Alfie’s death was also gaining some attention online.
“Alfie Evans passed on the feast day of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, patron of pediatricians, pregnant women, and babies. I don’t think that’s an accident,” writer F. Bill McMorris noted.
Alfie Evans passed on the feast day of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, patron of pediatricians, pregnant women, and babies. I don’t think that’s an accident. pic.twitter.com/PP53LWTBbI
— F. Bill McMorris (@FBillMcMorris) April 28, 2018
Neither do we.