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Terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans dies

Terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans dies

Alfie Evans, the terminally ill British child who gained worldwide attention due to a series of court cases surrounding his removal from life support, has died, according to his family.

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.

"Our lives have been turned upside down by the intense focus on Alfie and his situation", Evans said Thursday outside the Liverpool hospital.

His parents fought for months in front of judges and continued to appeal the decision to take him off life support almost up to Alfie's death.

Alfie suffered from a neurodegenerative disease that ravaged his brain and left him hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit in Liverpool since December 2016.

The words "Save Alfie Evans" were written out on pieces of paper and placed at the front.

"It's not a miracle; it's a misdiagnosis". After the ruling, the toddler's parents released a statement thanking the doctors and hospital staff who cared for their son, saying they wanted to "build bridges" with Alder Hey.

Court of Appeal judges upheld his decision, while Supreme Court justices and European Court of Human Rights judges refused to intervene. It also prohibited his parents from seeking treatment elsewhere.

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The rulings echoed another high-profile case, that of Charlie Gard, the British infant who had a rare genetic abnormality known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.

Alfie's parents have been backed by Pope Francis and Poland's President Andrzej Duda.

The court battle between the parents and medical staff lasted for four months.

James, 20, posted a message on social media thanking everyone who supported the family through Alfie's illness and court fight. Charlie died in July 2017 with his parents by his side a day after.

Alfie's case led to an outpouring of worldwide support, and people further showed their support on Saturday when news of Alfie's death broke. "Awful news", Tara Vernal wrote on Facebook.

In an earlier statement published on April 12, Alfie's mother Kate James wrote, "How sad is it that someone can tell you where and when your child is going to die?" Fly high and free darling.

"Goodbye, little Alfie. We loved you", Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano tweeted Saturday.

He said: I would like to express my deepest sympathy at this moment of loss to Tom and Kate as we hold little Alfie in our prayers. Nobody could have fought a tougher battle for Alfie.