Terminally ill Alfie Evans dies after legal battle over treatment


April. 29 (ANI): Condolences poured in for the terminally ill 23-month-old British toddler Alfie Evans, who died almost a week after his life support was withdrawn.

People release balloons outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital following the death of 23-month old Alfie Evans.

Pope Francis had repeatedly spoken out on Alfie's behalf and said his parents should have been able to remove him from Alder Hey Children's Hospital to take him home or receive treatment in Italy.

Tom Evans and Kate Jones said they were heartbroken after the terminally ill youngster died in hospital at 2.30am on Saturday. "We are heart broken", his mother, Kate James, posted on Facebook.

James, 20, posted a message on social media thanking everyone who supported the family through Alfie's illness and court fight.

Alfie, who was born in May 2016, was first admitted to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, Britain, that year after suffering seizures and had been a patient ever since in what the hospital considered a "semi-vegetative state".

In February, Mr Justice Hayden ruled that doctors at Alder Hey could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents because medical evidence showed that further treatment was futile.

"Sadly, many of us are also becoming increasingly familiar with the need to engage with the courts where we are unable to reach a consensus with children's families in similar scenarios", wrote the U.K.'s Paediatric Care Society in a letter of support to the hospital in Liverpool.

The boy's father Tom Evans expressed the hope that doctors will connect Alfie back to the life-support system.

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Dr. Palgan also stated that what happened to baby Alfie is a violation of human rights and the right to life and the rights of the parents.

Their campaign was backed by Pope Francis and Christian groups, drawing global attention to the case.

Tensions between the toddler's parents and the hospital had eased in recent days.

Earlier this month, Thomas Evans met with Pope Francis in Rome and asked the pontiff to see his son in Liverpool.

Supporters of Alfie's parents, known as Alfie's Army, released balloons at a park in a tribute to the toddler.

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano tweeted Saturday: "Goodbye, little Alfie".

Steven Woolfe, Member of the European Parliament, who is pushing to change the law in the United Kingdom "in favour of parents", tweeted, "I am devastated by the passing of little Alfie, who has been a fighter throughout".

A British court rejected an appeal by the parents on Wednesday to take their son to Italy. The British courts ruled that such a death was in his "best interest".

Kate and Tom Evans. "This has been a devastating journey for them".