Tom Evans holds up his phone and shows a picture of his son Alfie talking to the media on Thursday in front of the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, England. (Peter Byrne / PA via AP)
Alfie Evans, a terminally ill infant whose medical case triggered a high-profile lawsuit and international debates on health care and parental rights, died early Saturday morning, his parents said on social media
Pope Francis had publicly prayed for the 23-month-old boy and recruited and the Italian government offered the child citizenship and devised a plan to transfer the boy to a Vatican hospital. But Alfie's doctors, who had taken him against the wishes of their parents from life, said he could not be healed and should not make the trip. A judge earlier this week on the side of his doctors, he said he suffers from a rare and incurable degenerative neurological disease. The court also ruled that the parents could not seek treatment for him elsewhere because further treatment would be against the best interests of the child.
"Our little boy raised his wings tonight at 2:30 am We are heartbroken." His father, Thomas Evans, also on his personal Facebook page
My gladiator put down his shield and broke his wings completely at 2:30 PM I LOVE YOU MY GUY
Posted by Thomas Evans on Friday, April 27, 2018  Alfie, who was born in May 2016, was first admitted to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, England, the same year he suffered from seizures, and has since been a patient in a " semi-vegetative state "This month, Tom Evans met with Pope Francis in Rome and asked the pope to travel to Liverpool to see his son.
In a ruling earlier this year, a judge wrote that the Catholic faith of the Evans family should be considered as a factor in which he cited Pope Francis, who euthanasia from the task of overzealous concern that the Pope, according to Wall Street Journal "legitimized" can say quoted. Catholic bishops in the United Kingdom, the Journal reported, distanced themselves from Vatican hospital treatment and praised the Liverpool hospital, claiming "public criticism of their work was unfounded."
British law states that parents "can not ask for a specific treatment. Treatment continues when the burden of treatment clearly outweighs the benefit to the child," according to the AFP. If no agreement can be reached between parents and physicians, "a court should be asked to make a statement as to whether the provision of life-sustaining treatment would benefit the child." In Alfie's case, the judges always sided with the doctors.  The pontiff's tweets about the boy drew much attention to his case and led to comparisons with Charlie Gard, a British baby who died last year despite his parents' struggle – with the expressed support of Pope Francis and President Trump – to get him on a livelihood. (Trump did not mention Alfie's case.) Charlie Gard's parents finally gave up their fight to bring the baby to the US to do experimental therapy to extend his life, as there was no realistic chance of getting him to rescue.
Francis has repeatedly spoken about Alfie. "Let us pray that every sick person can always be respected in his dignity and cared for in a manner appropriate to his condition, with the consistent input of his families and relatives, doctors and other health care professionals, with great success, respect for life," said in his Sunday speeches on April 15, after mentioning "Little Alfie Evans."
The Pope also brought up Alfie's case during a Wednesday public audience. "The only author of life, from its beginning to its natural end, is God," he said. "It is our duty to do everything possible to protect life."
Alfie's case, represented by the UK-based Christian Legal Center, became a topic for many Christian activists in the UK and attracted attention from conservative media and activists in the United States. British protesters clashed with the police as they tried to convince them Way to the hospital, and the local police issued a warning after allegedly harassing employees and saying social media posts were being monitored.
The hospital The boy was treated, said his scans showed "catastrophic deterioration of brain tissue" and that further treatment was not only "futile" but also "rude and inhuman," according to the BBC. The couple conducted a four-month battle in the British court system, which went to the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
The hospital said in a statement that it had consulted with external doctors, including those in Rome, who concluded that the child's condition was irreversible and untreatable. After his death on Saturday, the hospital issued a statement that offered the family "compassion and compassion wholeheartedly".
During the lawsuit, the couple had severely criticized the hospital, and Thomas Evans described his son as a "prisoner." "On Thursday he thanked the family's supporters, but asked them to go home so that the parents could establish a relationship with the hospital to give the toddler" the dignity and comfort he needs. "He thanked the hospital staff" at all levels for their dignity and professionalism at a time that must also be an incredibly difficult time for them. "