British toddler Alfie Evans dies after serious illness which captured world's attention

Alfie evans

Alfie evans

Tom Evans asked "Alfie's Army" "to return to their everyday life" and not to "threaten or protest" against staff at the Liverpool hospital.

On Monday, he had been taken off his life-support machine following a ruling by the High Court, but he continued to live for the next few days.

Alfie tragically passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, his father confirmed.

The parents of Ashya King defied professionals in 2014 when they snatched their cancer-stricken son from a British hospital and took him to Prague for proton beam therapy.

Mr Evans wrote: "My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings.absolutely heartbroken". 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 toddler's parents Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, insist their son could survive for "months or years" as they dramatically abandoned their fight to take him overseas for treatment and pledged to work with doctors in a bid to take him home.

"We hope you respect this", Mr. Evans concluded.

"In Alfie's interests we will work with his treating team on a plan that provides our boy with the dignity and comfort he needs", he affirmed.

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The family have said that they will no longer be making statements or giving interviews.

Support for the toddler grew by the minute all over the globe.

Since then, Pope Francis, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, and everyone short of President Trump has publicly supported the parents.

Tom Evans will take his ongoing legal battle to the Court of Appeal in London this afternoon, after losing his appeal against a High Court decision preventing Alfie from being taken overseas for treatment.

His case has triggered strong feelings over whether judges, doctors or parents have the right to decide on a child's life.

In a statement, Alder Hey Children's Hospital said: "We wish to express our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Alfie's family at this extremely distressing time". However, the attention hasn't been welcome by all parties; the local police force issued a vaguely threatening warning on Twitter & Facebook, stating "Merseyside Police has been made aware of a number of social media posts which have been made with reference to Alder Hey Hospital and the ongoing situation involving Alfie Evans".

"I don't want to be big-headed and say "I told you so" but we had to fight hard against this to say "remove the drugs, remove the machine" and he's doing it now".

Now, Evans' parents have no recourse but to remain in the hospital watching him take labored breaths, or to try to take him home.

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