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Terminally ill United Kingdom toddler Alfie Evans dies after long battle

Terminally ill United Kingdom toddler Alfie Evans dies after long battle

Terminally ill United Kingdom toddler Alfie Evans has died, aged just 23-months, after years of battling chronic seizures.

After a number of life-support treatment legal battles, they failed to persuade the Supreme Court that their child was being unlawfully detained in hospital.

This Dec. 19, 2017 file photo shows Tom Evans and Kate James, the parents of seriously ill Alfie Evans, in England.

He died past year, one week short of his first birthday, after doctors withdrew life support treatment.

Alfie had a rare, degenerative disease and had been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year.

However, at 2.30am on Saturday morning, he passed away while being treated at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

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If agreement can not be reached between the parents and the healthcare professionals, "a court should be asked to make a declaration about whether the provision of life-sustaining treatment would benefit the child".

Life support was again removed from Alfie after a last-minute appeal by his parents was struck down Wednesday. The parents' campaign was backed by the pope and Christian groups, which helped draw global attention to the case.

"We can not go on treating parents as bystanders, little more than unrelated and largely unwanted visitors when it comes to the decisions made by doctors and the courts".

Judge Hayden on Monday rejected another appeal for a delay in order to give the parents time to present a new challenge.

"This has been a devastating journey for them and we would ask that their privacy and the privacy of staff at Alder Hey is respected", the hospital said. Italy even granted Alfie citizenship and put a military plane on standby to transport him to Rome if the courts allowed it.

Alfie's parents had hoped to keep the toddler on life support while they raised enough money to transport him to Italy. "We are heartbroken. Thank you everyone for all your support".


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