Alfie Evans: Legal battle toddler dies

Alfie Evans: Legal battle toddler dies

Alfie Evans: Legal battle toddler dies

Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old British toddler whose grave illness drew global attention, died early on Saturday, his family said.

"Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am".

The 23-month-old child had an incurable degenerative brain condition and was at the center of a controversial legal battle over his treatment.

Alfie's parents were supported by Pope Francis, whom they visited earlier to week to ask for help, and Poland's President Andrzej Duda.

She wrote: 'So sad to hear about the handsome Alfie Evens I'm sending all my love to Alfie's parents, they did everything they could for their little boy. "Today i pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him into his tender embrace".

The legal campaign, launched by Evans and Alfie's mother Kate James, attracted widespread attention and saw them clash with doctors over the child's treatment. "This has been a devastating journey for them", it said.

Alder Hey Hospital said scans showed "catastrophic degradation of his brain tissue" and that further treatment was not only "futile" but also "unkind and inhumane".

Alfie's life support was turned off two days ago.

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The death of Alfie, who had a rare degenerative brain condition that left him in a "semi-vegetative state" with nearly no brain function, came five days after doctors removed life support. "The only author of life, from its beginning to its natural end, is God", he said.

Italy granted citizenship to the toddler on Monday in the hope of facilitating his transfer to the Bambino Gesu (Baby Jesus) paediatric hospital in Rome. Pope Francis personally met with Thomas Evans.

Supporters of the parents staged angry protests regularly outside the hospital and tried to storm the entrance at times.

The case stirred strong feelings over whether judges, doctors or parents have the right to decide on a child's life. 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", Agence France-Presse reported. The parents disagreed, and his case was referred to the Family Division of the United Kingdom court, only for the court to rule in favor of the hospital. He died one week before his first birthday.

The pope's tweets about the boy drew significant attention, prompting comparisons to Charlie Gard, a British baby who died past year despite his parents' fight - with the expressed support of Pope Francis and President Donald Trump - to keep him on life support.

King, now eight years old, has since been declared clear of the disease.

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