Published: Sun, April 29, 2018
Medical | By Mark Scott

Alfie's Army rallies behind his family and releases balloons in

Alfie's Army rallies behind his family and releases balloons in

Alfie Evans, the sick British toddler at the center of a long legal battle has died.

Kate and Tom Evans.

On Facebook he wrote: "My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings. absolutely heartbroken".

Gemma Lowery wrote on The Bradley Lowery Foundation Facebook page: 'So sad to hear about the lovely Alfie Evans I'm sending all my love to Alfie's parents, they did everything they could for their little boy. "Today I pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace", the pope tweeted on Saturday.

Bradley Lowery's mother has led tributes pouring in for Alfie Evans by saying he and her son will be playing together in heaven. In such cases, the rights of the child take primacy over the parents' right to decide what's best for their daughters and sons.

The boy had his life support withdrawn on Monday after being in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year.

Earlier this week the pontiff wrote on Twitter that he hoped the parents' "desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted". Pope Francis personally met with Thomas Evans.

Alfie's case, represented by the U.K-based Christian Legal Centre, has become a subject of fierce concern for many Christian activists in Britain and drew the attention of conservative media and activists in the U.S. British protesters clashed with police as they tried to force their way into the hospital, and local police issued a warning after staff were allegedly harassed, saying social media posts were being monitored. "We also wish to thank Alder Hey staff at every level of their dignity and professionalism during what must have been an incredibly hard time for them too".

It asked those wishing to leave tributes to Alfie to place them at the nearby Springfield Park.

I'm A Celebrity star Rebekah Vardy, who spoke out about Alfie's plight last week, shared a photo on Instagram this morning that read: 'There is no foot too small that it can not leave an imprint on this world'.

Everton FC tweeted: "Everybody at the Club is deeply saddened by the loss of the courageous young Evertonian".

Alfie was admitted to Alder Hey Hospital in December 2016.

There were emotional scenes as supporters of all ages gathered in a park near to Alder Hey Children's Hospital - where Alfie had received treatment.

The hospital said in a statement that it consulted with outside doctors, including ones in Rome, who concluded that the child's condition was irreversible and untreatable. Evans, who earlier said doctors were wrong about Alfie's prognosis and threatened to resume the court battle over his care, pledged to work with hospital staff to give his son "dignity and comfort" in his final days.

When the court did not rule in their favor, the parents appealed the decision, and after that appeal was lost, the case was referred to the Supreme Court.

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