Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Hundreds line procession route to pay respects at Alfie Evans's funeral

Hundreds line procession route to pay respects at Alfie Evans's funeral

Alfie's Everton-supporting dad, Tom Evans, sat in the auto in front of the tiny coffin carrying his son from a private funeral to his final resting place.

His case drew worldwide attention when it became the centre of a High Court legal battle over his care.

He died shortly before what would have been his second birthday after being treated for a degenerative brain disease.

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The 23-month-old boy, who had been living in a coma for more than a year, was at the centre of a "sometimes acrimonious six-month dispute which has seen a series of court battles", says The Independent.

Evans died on April 28 after doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital withdrew life support, following a long legal battle and a campaign by the parents that drew support from Pope Francis.

The toddler, born on 9 May 2016, was admitted to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool in December 2016 after suffering seizures.

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"Those who have not been invited to the funeral are asked to avoid the area to allow Alfie's family to grieve privately".

In February, a High Court judge ruled that doctors could stop providing life support for Alfie, against his parents' wishes, saying the child required "peace, quiet and privacy".

Evans, a Catholic, and the boy's mother, Kate James, wanted to take Alfie out of the United Kingdom after doctors at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital said they could do no more to help the child, and a High Court judge ruled that it was in Alfie's best interests to die. Kate James and Tom Evans said their son's death on Saturday, April 28 in Liverpool had left them "heartbroken".

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Judges in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court agreed with doctors and rejected a series of legal challenges by his parents to take him overseas. We are heart broken.

"Thank you all for your support".

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