Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Alfie Evans Funeral: Hundreds Of Mourners Line The Streets Of Liverpool

Alfie Evans Funeral: Hundreds Of Mourners Line The Streets Of Liverpool

Mourners gathered this morning outside Everton Football Club's Goodison Park Stadium to say a final goodbye to Alfie Evans as his funeral procession passed by.

His fight for survival touched the hearts of millions as his parents battled to keep him alive by attempting to take him to Italy for treatment.

A private funeral for 23-month-old Alfie Evans will be held next week, it has been announced.

Alfie's parents lost a series of legal challenges against that ruling, including at the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

Members of the public and "Alfie's Army" broke into applause as the funeral cortege passed the Goodison Park ground en route to a private burial in Liverpool.

Alfie Evans: parents' legal battle to keep son on life support

Crowds began gathering hours before the procession was due to go past this morning and by the time it arrived there were hundreds of people by the side of the road. Kate James and Tom Evans said their son's death had left them "heartbroken".

Doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool told the parents that Alfie had a terminal brain disease and further treatment would be futile. His coffin was white with an Everton crest and toy soldiers on the side.

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.

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".

Supporters of Alfie Evans have organised a vigil to "brighten up the world" on what would have been his second birthday. His parents had wanted to take him overseas to Italy for further treatment - but doctors said further treatment was futile and his life support was withdrawn last month.

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