Alfie Evans, a British infant with a degenerative brain disorder whose parents had lost a lawsuit to keep him vital in a Vatican hospital, was comforted with balloons that had died in the Pope's heaven and prayers after weeks of his death Shy of his second birthday.
Kate James and Tom Evans said their son's death overnight in Liverpool, England had left her "heartbroken." Alfie's condition left him almost brainless, and several courts ruled that it was not in his interest to keep him alive until doctors removed his ventilator five days ago.
"My gladiator put down his shield and got his wings at 02:30," wrote Evans, 21
As news spread throughout the community, dozens landed People treated flowers and memorabilia in a park near the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool to Alfie.
About 1,000 people gathered 12 hours after the boy's death to see blue and violet balloons in solidarity with the mourning mother and mother Releasing fathers who had difficulty coping with their child's deadly illness.
James, 20, a social media message thanking everyone who supported the family through Alfie's illness and court-martial.
Alfie's case triggered a medical ethics debate that resonated far beyond the UK.
Doctors who said his overseeing care Further treatment was futile and he should be allowed to die. But his parents fought for months to convince judges to allow them to take him to the Vatican Children's Hospital, where the livelihood would be assured.
Under British law, courts are called upon to intervene when parents and Doctors Disagree About The Right Course Of Treatment For In such cases, the rights of the child take precedence over the right of parents to decide what is best for their daughters and sons.
Pope Francis, who met with Evans and publicly supported the parents' campaign to bring Alfie to Bambino Gesu Hospital, wrote condolences that were released Saturday on Twitter
"I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie "said Francis. "Today I pray especially for his parents how God the Father receives him in his tender embrace."
Italy granted Alfie citizenship and put a military plane on standby to transport it to Rome if the courts allowed it.
"Goodbye, little Alfie, we loved you," tweeted Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano on Saturday.
Tensions between the toddler's parents and the hospital had waned in recent days. Evans, who once said doctors were mistaken about Alfie's prognosis and threatened to resume the legal battle for his care, promised to work with the hospital staff to give his son "dignity and comfort" in his last days  Peter Byrne / AP
Tom Evans holds up his phone on Thursday to show a photo of his son Alfie while he speaks to media outside the Alder Hey Children's Hospital
Tom Evans stops at Thursday threw up his phone to show a photo of his son Alfie talking to the media in front of Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
(Peter Byrne / AP)  "Our lives have been turned upside down by the intense focus on Alfie and his situation," Evans said Thursday in front of Liverpool Hospital.
He thanked the hospital staff for their dignity and professionalism during an incredibly difficult time for them too.
Alder Hey made a statement "Warm Sympathy and Sympathy for Alfie's Family."
"We all feel deeply in Alfie, Kate, Tom, and all his family, and our thoughts are with them," the hospital said "This was a devastating trip for them, and we would ask that their privacy and the privacy of Alder Hey employees be respected."
Alfie's case attracted widespread attention outside the UK, especially in predominantly Catholic countries, and Francis appealed Recently addressed to the wishes of the boy's parents that they should only listen to who is dying.
Officials in Poland and Italy criticized the British courts and the National Health Service A leading right-wing politician in Italy, the Governor of the Veneto, Luca Zaia , said that in Alfie, the "so-called civilized world has provided the last evidence of enormous discourtesy."
Support The parents regularly held angry protests outside the Turks hospital and sometimes tried to storm the entrance. Alder Hey asked for reverence that Alfie should stay in a park next door so that the work of the hospital was not interrupted.