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Alfie Evans, Terminally Ill Boy at Center of Court Fight, Dies

02 May 2018

Thomas wrote, "My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30".

Mourners could be heard chanting Alfie's name, as well as crying and consoling each other, before the balloons were released into the sky around 3pm.

"Our hearts are broken. We are heartbroken. Thank you, everyone, for all your support". A judge earlier this week sided with his doctors, who said Alfie suffered from a rare and incurable degenerative neurological condition. The case has stirred strong emotions both in Britain and overseas, with hundreds of thousands signing petitions supporting him.

To pay tribute to Alfie, hundreds of Alfie's Army supporters released balloons at a park. During that time, he was kept alive by artificial ventilation in the critical care unit.

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"This evening the High Court again ruled that it is in Alfie's best interests to continue with the end of life care plan developed by the clinical team who have cared for him throughout", reads a statement published by the hospital on April 24.

Life support was again removed from Alfie after a last-minute appeal by his parents was struck down Wednesday.

Following Alder Hey hospital receiving abuse from the public, Alfie's father called on the public to go back to their everyday lives as he and his family took the time to grieve the loss of their baby son.

All of us feel deeply for Alfie, Kate, Tom and his whole family and our thoughts are with them. "We also wish to thank Alder Hey staff at every level of their dignity and professionalism during what must have been an incredibly hard time for them too".

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"Moved by the prayers and huge solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted", he said on Twitter Monday. "Today I pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace", the pope tweeted on Saturday.

In a statement posted Thursday on Facebook, Evans thanked hospital staff "at every level for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly hard time for them too".

The toddler's parents had unsuccessfully fought a series of court battles to keep him on life support.

"In hard situations such as these, and amongst the plethora of voices and opinions, it is important that the public know how such decisions are made".

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Alfie Evans, Terminally Ill Boy at Center of Court Fight, Dies