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

Alfie Evans

Well-wishers have arrived in their hundreds to remember 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who passed away on 28 April.

Mourners have been asked to stand outside Everton's stadium at Goodison Park as the funeral procession passes between 11am and 11.30am.

His coffin sported images of toy soldiers and the Everton club motif.

Alfie became the subject of a huge legal and ethical battle after courts ruled that doctors should stop his treatment for a neurological condition.

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

Flowers, pictures and messages left outside Everton's Goodison Park as the cortege of Alfie Evans goes past the ground in Liverpool.


Evans was born on May 9, 2016, and was first taken to hospital in December of that year after suffering seizures.

One card read: 'Alfie.

Evans, a Catholic, and the boy's mother, Kate James, wanted to take Alfie out of the United Kingdom after doctors at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital said they could do no more to help the child, and a High Court judge ruled that it was in Alfie's best interests to die.

Doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool stopped providing life-support treatment to the youngster after they lost all legal challenges to a court ruling allowing the hospital to withdraw ventilation. Kate James and Tom Evans said their son's death had left them "heartbroken". Alfie's parents had also wanted to fly their son to Italy for further treatment.

A separate vigil was held in Liverpool's Springfield Park last Wednesday to mark what would have been Alfie's second birthday.

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