With great sadness the father of Alfie Evans announced that his 23-month-old son has passed away:
BBC – Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old toddler at the centre of a High Court legal battle, has died, nearly a week after his life support was withdrawn.
The boy from Merseyside, who had a degenerative brain condition, died at 02:30 BST, his father Tom Evans said.
On Facebook he wrote: “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings… absolutely heartbroken.”
Here’s the father’s message from instagram:
Alfie Evans’ parents have paid heartbreaking tributes to their little boy after he passed away this morning – five days after his life support was switched off against their wishes following a legal battle.
The 23-month-old, who was being treated at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool died at 2.30am, Kate James and Thomas Evans said on Facebook.
The youngster was at the centre of a legal battle over his treatment that touched hearts around the world.
Mum Kate James posted on Facebook: “Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am. We are heart broken. Thankyou everyone for all your support.”
Dad Tom wrote: “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30. Absolutely heartbroken. I LOVE YOU MY GUY.”
He posted crying emojis and a broken heart next to the message.
RIP little Alfie Evans. We may mourn your death for a short time, but we ultimately celebrate that you are now with our Father in Heaven, the one who loves you so much more than anyone down here possibly could. Amen.