Charlie Gard's parents back law-change to prevent another Alfie Evans case
01 May, 2018, 12:38 | Author: Lynne Higgins
Alfie suffered from a neurodegenerative disease that ravaged his brain and left him hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit in Liverpool since December 2016.
His inability to remove his child from the hospital led to passionate demands from politicians and media commentators for an "Alfie's law" to allow parents to seek help elsewhere when doctors believe they can do no more. Evans, who earlier said doctors were wrong about Alfie's prognosis and threatened to resume the court battle over his care, pledged to work with hospital staff to give his son "dignity and comfort" in his final days.
"Our baby boy grew his wings tonight ..."
"The story of Alfie Evans is heartbreaking and we extend our deepest sympathies to Thomas Evans and Kate James, who must now cope with the intentional death of their baby boy".
Medical experts in Britain had agreed that more treatment for Alfie would be futile, but his parents wanted to take him to Rome, where the Vatican's Bambino Gesu hospital had offered to care for him.
On Wednesday, judges on the UK Court of Appeal ruled against Alfie's family, following a decision by the High Court on Tuesday that prevented Alfie from leaving Britain for further medical treatment. In such cases, the rights of the child take primacy over the parents' right to decide what's best for their offspring.
Alfie was at the centre of a life support battle between his parents, health officials and the justice system before he passed away.
Writing on the Facebook group, which has 805,000 members, she said: ..."pictures people are doing of Alfie with wings and halos saying R.I.P Alfie, it's really upsetting Kate so if you want to have a picture of Alfie on your profiles that is fine but none of the above on them please".
Today, Carol Tobias, the president of the National Right to Life Committee, told LifeNews that people need to be very clear about what happened with Alfie.
The hospital said Alfie remained had unresponsive to every available treatment.
Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old toddler from Merseyside, who had a degenerative brain condition, died at 02:30 on Saturday.
Alfie's case has drawn worldwide attention, with officials in largely Catholic Poland and Italy implicitly criticizing Britain's courts and state-run National Health Service.
Alfie's mum Kate James shared a poem on Facebook, with the words "we love you Alfie".
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool said he discussed the case personally with the pope and has assured him that Alder Hey had done everything "humanly possible" to help Alfie, according to an April 25 report in The Tablet magazine.
Pope Francis has met Alfie's father and made appeals for the boy's parents' wishes to be heeded, saying only God can decide who dies.
Before Alfie passed away, Tom administered CPR to the toddler. Alfie had even gathered supporters in the United States, including many prominent conservatives.
But perhaps seeing that there was little opportunity left to fight for Alfie's rights and their right to take him overseas or take him home or sensing a need to appease the hospital to bring him home, Tom Evans struck a conciliatory tone.
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