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Alfie Evans, British toddler at center of legal storm, laid to rest

Alfie Evans, British toddler at center of legal storm, laid to rest

The 23-month-old boy, who suffered a severe degenerative neurological condition, died April 28, some 10 days after his father, Tom Evans, had asked Pope Francis to help get him to Rome for treatment.

People gathered outside Everton's Goodison Park stadium as the procession passed following a private funeral service.

Toy soldiers and the Everton club motif were nestled beside his tiny coffin, while the lead two hearses carried floral wreaths spelling out the words "Warrior", "Our Hero", "Son", "Nephew", "Grandson" and "Blue".

The toddler lost his battle with a generative brain condition on April 28 after his case became the subject of a High Court battle over his life support.

Alfie's Everton-supporting dad, Tom Evans, sat in the auto in front of the tiny coffin carrying his son from a private funeral to his final resting place.

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Alfie, who was born in May 2016, was first admitted to Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital in December of that year after suffering seizures, and had been a patient ever since.

Ahead of the funeral police had asked that mourners respect the privacy of the families and paid tribute to the supporters of Alfie's cause. Kate James and Tom Evans said their son's death had left them "heartbroken".

Alfie's parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, held a high profile campaign against the decision saw them clash with doctors over his treatment.

The little boy died at Alder Hey Hospital after a long legal battle between his parents and medical staff over plans to withdraw his life support.

Judges in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court agreed with doctors and rejected a series of legal challenges by his parents to take him overseas.