Alfie Evans, Hospitalized Toddler at Center of UK Court Battle, Dies

Photo Credit: Thomas Evans and Kate James

LIVERPOOL — Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old boy whose parents fought in court to transfer him to another hospital for experimental treatment, has died.

“Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 a.m. We are heartbroken. Thank you everyone for all your support,” wrote mother Kate James on Saturday.

“My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30. Absolutely heartbroken. I LOVE YOU MY GUY,” also lamented father Thomas Evans.

As previously reported, Alfie was removed from life support on Monday evening, but had been breathing on his own for several days. Artificial ventilation was discontinued as all efforts in the courts to save his life were unsuccessful.

Justice Anthony Hayden ruled in February that while Alfie’s plight was “profoundly unfair,” he agreed with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital that treatment measures would be futile, and that the nearly two-year-old boy rather needs “good quality palliative care.” A court of appeals upheld the ruling last month.

Earlier this month, Hayden ordered the end-of-life plan to proceed, stating that while he understands the frustration of Alfie’s parents, he sees no chance of recovery and believes that Evans is hoping for an “entirely unrealistic solution.”

“On February 20, I gave a conclusion after six days of evidence after which Mr. Evans cross examined doctors with conspicuous skill and manifest sincerity,” he said. “But I came to the conclusion at the end of that hearing that Alfie’s brain had been so corrupted by mitochondrial disease that his life was futile.”

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“By the time I came to conclude the case the terrible reality is that almost the entirety of Alfie’s brain had been eroded, leaving only water and spinal fluid,” Hayden stated. “Even at the end of February, the connective pathways within the brain had been obliterated. They were no longer even identifiable.”

As previously reported, Alfie, who was six months old at the time, was admitted to Alder Hey in December 2016 due to a chest infection. The child was born healthy by all indications, but began exhibiting unusual jerking movements months later.

While hospitalized, Alfie struggled to breathe due to a myoclonic jerking spasm, and was placed on life support. In January 2016, it was thought that Alfie would not make it, but he overcame the infection for a time and began to improve. However, the infant had to be intubated again after contracting another infection, and was stated to be in a semi-vegetative state.

In court proceedings, Alder Hey officials testified that they believed that Alfie’s brain was “entirely beyond recovery” and 70 percent damaged. They argued that it was in the child’s “best interests” to be withdrawn from life support.

However, Alfie’s parents wanted the boy to be transferred to another hospital to obtain experimental treatment—giving their son one more chance. They stated that they did not know specifically what was wrong with Alfie other than that he had a degenerative neurological condition.

Evans and James had also recorded their son opening his eyes, yawning and stretching, and believed it was evidence that they shouldn’t give up just yet.

The matter gained global attention, and a number of political leaders and other notable voices worldwide soon publicly backed the parents. Passionate supporters also gathered outside of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to demand that the parents’ rights to their child’s treatment be respected. A helicopter was stated to be on standby to transport the boy to Italy.

On Thursday, after appeal efforts were again unsuccessful, Evans and James released a statement asking supporters to “return to their everyday lives” as they sought to “build a bridge” with the hospital. They had hoped that if matters settled down, they might be able to take their son home to obtain medical care there.

“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,” the statement said.

The child died less than two days later.

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  • Murdered by the UK National ‘Health’ Service, AKA socialized medicine. The NHS is the largest single-payer insurance system in the world, and it insured that Alfie would be murdered rather than allow extraordinary life saving measures, at other people’s expense, in a hospital outside the UK. Their previous victim was 11 month old Charlie Gard who was murdered by the NHS last year under similar circumstances.

    The sick irony is if the tables were turned and Alfie’s parents refused medical treatment while he suffocated to death, they would be charged with negligent homicide.

    Death panels. They’re not a bug, but a feature to socialized medicine. It’s also why there is a Hell for evil. If you don’t think it can’t happen in the USA, you’re a fool.

    RIP, Alfie, and God help his parents.

    • james blue

      Loving parents understandably and naturally cling to any hope they can find, no matter how faint or unrealistic that hope may be. Alfie was lucky to have the parents he had. He is truly loved. No parent should have to bury their child and no parent should be condemned for refusing to give up.

      That said the doctors didn’t come to this point for snits and giggles. If there was any chance that a foreign doctor could change things they would have that doctor treat the patient in the hospital. If there was anything they could do they would do it. Money doesn’t come into it, there are no lifetime caps in the UK and they do everything they can to save lives.

      What they do not do is allow children to be used as lab rats and no other doctor has said they could cure Alfie, only provide life support until the inevitable happen.

      Also it happens here in the US, hospitals can pull the plug against the wishes of the family, look up “Sun Hudson” and “Israel Stinson”

      • kiannafleur

        You: “…doctors didn’t come to this point for snits and giggles. If there was any chance that a foreign doctor could change things they would have that doctor treat the patient in the hospital.”

        Reply: Except an official press release from the doctors cited the Evans’s “attitude” as a reason for refusing to consider the parents’ wishes.

        You: “If there was anything they could do they would do it. Money doesn’t come into it, there are no lifetime caps in the UK and they do everything they can to save lives.”

        Reply: Lack of cap in the UK is a disingenuous assertion, since funds are allocated for health care, and funds are necessarily limited. Money always comes into health care choices.

        • james blue

          Bull, if a viable treatment is available it will not be refused. If a viable treatment has been proven in another country, but isn’t yet available in the UK the patient can be transported and the NHS will pay for the transportation and likely the treatment depending on the financial wherewithal of the family.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I usually ignore you, but must respond to this obvious fallacy of yours. The NHS has refused to send patients before to other countries where treatment IS available. Some parents have been arrested trying to take their children out of country for treatment. There is one case where parents managed to escape and their child not only survived, but is thriving today.

          • james blue

            VIABLE treatment. It’s different with adults but British law does not allow children to be used as guinea pigs for experimental treatment and every case before has been because the child was not a viable candidate or the treatment wasn’t going to help.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            If you are not going to read what I actually wrote, please ignore me. You could make it easy by blocking me.

            Did you fail to read the part about the little boy they refused treatment to, whose parents were somehow able to flee the country and get him help? He survived and is normal today. They tried to have the parents arrested in Spain but halted only when international outcry embarrassed them.

          • kiannafleur

            Yet the NHS refused to allow 2 sets of parents to pursue treatment options which are accepted in 2 other developed nations with reputable health care systems, even though they wouldn’t have to pay for it. You trust your NHS with these decisions, but consider that their pride was hurt when the parents questioned their determination. In the U.S. we’re accustomed to the right to obtain a 2nd or 3rd opinion, but the NHS denied that option to the Evanses and the Gards, and their official statements focused on their hurt feelings, as many recognized. In the Evans case, the child did not have a diagnosis, therefore (as any 2-bit ethicist knows) it was not possible for a health care team to present a prognosis, and the NHS was wrong to do so.

          • james blue

            Those children were examined by “second opinions” they were not viable candidates for treatments suggested.

          • kiannafleur

            The first child was considered a viable candidate for treatment but his parents were denied permission to travel to where it was offered. It was only after the court battle dragged on that the condition deteriorated to the point that it was no longer viable. Treatment for the second child consisted of nutrition and hydration. Since his body was processing both, it was certainly viable.

          • james blue


          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            You’re right and he is wrong.

      • IzTheBiz

        as every other totalitarian would assert!

    • Nick Halflinger

      You should Google “health insurance denied” and read about all the folks who have not had their American medical procedures covered by our insurance companies. And your search will probably provide many law firms out there to help you to try and collect bills refused by the insurance companies.

    • IzTheBiz

      The doctors might well have been right. He might have soon died. However, that doesn’t give them the right to decide whether a human being is ‘viable’ and it darn well doesn’t give them the right to refuse to allow his parents to decide what to do with their child. Unfortunately, many people have learnt to love and obey the totalitarian nature of the state in the west . They are just brain dead zombies, like the doctors!

  • Becky

    No parental rights for the parents of this little one makes you realise that there are no more rights left for anyone in the UK really.

    • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Except for Muslims.

      • james blue

        Use the search engine of your choice “twin muslim babies have life support removed” this site doesn’t allow links first result should be a UK paper called “the mirror”

        Twin Muslim babies have life support pulled against the wishes of their parents.

        • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          First thing that popped up: “No results.” Modified the search terms and found one article that states 3 children died in a UK Muslim family from a degenerative disease. The first child was never on life support. The twins were. No names were mentioned and the case hasn’t been well documented. The family was from Iraq and had sought treatment in the UK where it was ruled nothing could be done for them. That’s a far cry from a family who had the means and doctors willing to treat them in another country, being held prisoner in a UK hospital, with police force and all, so that they would not seek treatment for a child who had hope of survival. The Muslim children were not starved to death like little Alfie was. Try again.

  • robert boe

    God works every thing out for the good of those who love him . That a promise from God. You either believe it or you dont. I believe God.Even when it looks like Satan wins.

  • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

    It seems as if parents in the UK have lost their rights to their sick children’s lives to their Government.What other rights have they lost? And what other rights will they lose in the future? Sad when the Government has more control over your children than you do as a parent 🙁 I pray for the children and their parents in the UK. And I pray their nightmare will not become ours in the USA.

    • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

      I forgot something else I wanted to say.
      May Alfie Evans, Charlie Gard, and all children who have been killed in UK hospitals RIP in the arms of Christ. And also all future children they will kill in the future. May God remember all who took part in these murders of these children.

    • james blue

      Serious reply.

      In the US many states have laws that grant hospitals the right to remove life support against the wishes of the families if the hospital feels further care is futile. Usually families are given 14 days to make other arrangements, but insurance is unlikely to pay and few can afford it IF they can actually find a facility willing to take the patient which is almost impossible even if they have the funds.

      This law applies to all ages, but if you wish to stick specifically to children use the search engine of your choice to search “Sun Hudson” and “Israel Stinson” for examples of US court ordered removal of life support under US law.

      And NO this isn’t part of the ACA, It precedes the ACA by many years.

      • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

        Hi james, 🙂 how are you doing on this beautiful Sunday? The birds seem very happy today I can hear them sing their little bird songs outside.

        I did’t come to this Christian site to feed any trolls today. Perhaps there are some who will. This story on the killing of children in the UK is just too sad. I’m talking about the UK not America. And I refuse to play with trolls concerning my post I made.

        But, if you or someone you know needs prayer. Please let me know. I’m always willing to pray 🙂

        Hope this is beautiful day is a blessing to you. May you see what a wonderful God we have through his beautiful Creation. Hope your day is as blessed and as beautiful as mine is.

        • james blue

          You wrote –” And I pray their nightmare will not become ours in the USA.”

          I’m simply informing you of something you seemed unaware of – that it does happen here. Do with it as you wish

          Have a blessed day.

        • Well said! God bess you!!

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            Thank you.God bless you!

          • Susan Perelka

            Abba Father, You are Almighty God, Creator of all things in the heavens and on the earth. Nothing is impossible for You. No one is more powerful than You. We are born in sin and separated from a Holy God. But in Your mercy You have provided a way, through Your beloved Son Jesus Christ, to have peace with You. You are offering a free gift of Salvation to any who will accept Your Grace by faith through Your Son. Our nation “is doing what is right in their own eyes”. Lawlessness has increased across our land because of our rebellion against You. But Your people, who have been set free by Your Grace trough faith in Jesus, hear the words of our Savior to pray to the Father to raise up more laborers because the harvest is ripe, but the laborers are few. Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing. Let Your message of peace, through Your Beloved Son, spread across this land. Raise up more laborers and send them into the harvest and grant them boldness to proclaim Your truth. Open ears to hear what the Spirit has to say. Convict them of their sin and their need for a Savior. Let it spread across our land and then let it go out to the four corners of the earth. Your people seek shelter under Your wings, so that our children will not be taken from us, so that we may obey Your command to train them up in the way they should go, which is according to Your Word. Help us LORD, protect us, and guide us in these dark times. Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Let Your Kingdom come and let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, forgive us of our trespasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Our eyes look to the heavens, to where does our help come from, it comes from the LORD. All honor, all praise, all glory belongs to You. Worthy is the Lamb of God. Thank You LORD. In Jesus Mighty Name, AMEN

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥


        • Canis Vulpes

          Excuse me LadyinChrist, but I am curious how what James said makes him a troll. Both you and Lady Checkmate seem to call people trolls simply because they do not share your opinion.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            God knows what I’m talking about.
            And I believe I already have you on my prayer list. But if you ever need prayer for yourself or anyone else please let me know 🙂
            Have a good night. Pleasant dreams. Like my dad used to say, don’t let the bed bugs bite.

          • Canis Vulpes

            God might know what you are talking about, but do the people you are addressing? Is it fair to call people trolls who are merely engaging in conversation, which is the point of this message forum?

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            God also know what you are doing right now as well. I’ll be praying for you. Like I sad if you or someone you know needs prayer let me know.
            Have a nice day.Enjoy the beautiful day the Lord has given us. Time is too short not to enjoy it 🙂

          • Susan Perelka

            I am praying for him also.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            In Jesus Name I agree. Amen. Thank you for praying for him. Please keep praying for him. Pray for all who come here who are against Christians.

          • Susan Perelka

            It’s why, even on a christian website, I continue to preach the gospel message. There are those who will come here to mock, but they will leave hearing that message. There are those who will come here seeking answers, and they will hear that message. There will be those coming here thinking they are alright with God and yet they are not, but they will hear that message. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ because it is the power of God to save. I will continue posting prayers (hoping others will join me), according to His Word, because our Lord told us to be “diligent” to pray for one another and I want to encourage the brethren to cling to Jesus. I am a stay at home mom, homeschooling my children, but I can reach others through this forum. My prayer is that I will accurately handle and divide His Word of truth and that while I do this the Holy Spirit will speak through me to help others know Jesus. Please pray for me, that I will be a good and faithful servant of Jesus, proclaiming His truth accurately. Please pray that some of His Words, which I am sowing, will fall on good soil and bear much fruit for HIS glory, not mine. My heart is to see people delivered from satans disgusting grasp and placed into the loving arms of Jesus Christ. I just want them to experience Jesus as I have experienced Him, He is so worth knowing. God bless you and keep you.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            I will add you to my prayer list. I have been trying to get people to help me praying for both the trolls and the Christians. Thank you for being faithful and coming here and praying. And I thank God for sending you here. May God send more who will be willing to pray for both the lost who come here and for the Christians who come here. May God be Glorified!

            Dear Abba Father, I seek You in prayer on behalf of Susan Perelka. Thank You Abba Father for sending her. I pray she will reach the lost who come here hating Christians. I pray You will reach the lost through her prayers. I pray that You will be Glorified through her prayers. And I pray the lost will come to You Abba Father, in repentance. I pray You will tough the hearts of the lost who come here. Abba Father. in Jesus Name I pray Amen.

            May God bless you and keep you.

          • Susan Perelka

            Abba Father, Thank You for my sister in faith, it encourages me. Hear the desire of our hearts, send more people here to pray for the lost and for our brethren. By the power of the Holy Spirit, open blind eyes and deaf ears, and convict their hearts of their sin and their need for redemption. Use us as instruments to declare Your message of peace, which you are offering mankind through Jesus. Help us to bear fruit for Your Glory! Grant us wisdom to speak what You desire to be spoken. To boldly proclaim Your truth in a way which will be pleasing to You. Thank You LORD for the opportunity to serve You. I ask this through Your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Savior. AMEN

            Keep praying good and faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            Amen and God bless you.

  • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    They couldn’t kill little Alfie by removing his breathing machine, so they starved him to death rather than let him get free treatment in Italy. Barbaric. Listening to the courts chide the parents and refuse to let their child die at home is beyond the pale. They starved that baby to death and forced the parents to watch. It’s getting close to being this bad here in Canada, except we can leave the country for treatment if need be, for now at least.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    So DEATH PANELS ……. that we were told would not exist ……..