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Hundreds say goodbye to British toddler Alfie Evans

Evans died on April 28 after doctors withdrew life support, following a long legal battle and a campaign by the parents that drew support from Pope Francis

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 May, 2018, 1:29am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 May, 2018, 3:33am

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Liverpool, England, on Monday to mourn 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who died late last month following a highly charged battle between the hospital and his parents.

The well-wishers broke into applause as the funeral cortege passed Everton football club’s Goodison Park stadium, on its way to a private burial nearby.

Members of the public placed flowers on the hearses, which carried floral tributes reading “Warrior”, “Our Hero” and “Son”.

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 his parents that drew support from Pope Francis.

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The parents had fought to take their son, who had a degenerative condition that caused irreversible brain damage, to a clinic in Rome but lost in court.

Evans was born on May 9, 2016, and was first taken to hospital that December after suffering seizures.

His condition worsened and, a year later, in December 2017, the hospital recommended withdrawing life support.

When the parents disagreed, the two sides went to court, sparking a battle that made headlines internationally.

The case was the latest in a series of high-profile clashes between parents of seriously ill children and the British authorities.

British law states that parents “cannot demand a particular treatment to be continued where the burdens of the treatment clearly outweigh the benefits for the child”.