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Alfie Evans’ parents give ‘final interview,’ asks for privacy

by | Apr 26, 2018

“We will work with his treating team on a plan that provides our boy with the dignity and comfort he needs”

By Dave Andrusko

Reportedly after spending the afternoon in talks with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, an exhausted Tom Evans made what The Mirror described as a “dramatic u-turn,” calling on “Alfie’s Army” to “return back to your everyday lives ”and praising the hospital staff “for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly difficult time for them too.”

In a letter, Tom Evans and Kate James, Alfie’s mother, wrote

Together we recognise the strains recent events have put upon us all, and we now wish for privacy for everyone concerned.

In Alfie’s interests we will work with his treating team on a plan that provides our boy with the dignity and comfort he needs.

From this point onwards there will be no more statements issued, or interviews given.

The hospital took Alfie off of his ventilator Monday, a little after 9:00 pm, London time. As this post is being written, Alfie has breathed on his own for over three days. Left unsaid in any of the coverage is that reportedly Alfie has received no nutrition, only water, since his ventilator was disconnected.

The family had received support from Pope Francis; the Italian ambassador who granted Alfie citizenship of Italy so that he could be taken to Rome for treatment; European Parliament president Antonio Tajani, who said he believed it “would be right to give another chance to Alfie”; and Polish president Andrzej Duda who tweeted: “Alfie Evans must be saved! His brave little body has proved again that the miracle of life can be stronger than death. Perhaps all that’s needed is some good will on the part of decision makers. Alfie, we pray for you and your recovery!,” to name just four.

Writing for The Mirror Natalie Evans, Rachel Bishop, and Sophie Evans explained how “hundreds of supporters of Alfie Evans staged demonstrations in London, Ireland and America today.”

The protests come after Alfie’s parents Kate James and Tom Evans failed in a last-ditch attempt to persuade Alder Hey hospital and judges to let their seriously ill son [to] fly to Italy for treatment.

Protests for the stricken toddler have been seen in Washington DC and Belfast this afternoon after previous backing from Poland and Vatican and Italy.

However, the live stream of London’s march between Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament was abandoned part way through after Alfie’s dad issued a statement calling on ‘Alfie’s Army to ‘stand down.’

Previously on Thursday, Mr. Evans told reporters what he wanted out of the meeting with Alder Hey officials: For it to be “a positive one” and “to have Alfie, on the terms of mine and Alder Hey, to be home within a day or two.”

He added, however, “If the meeting doesn’t go well today, well then I’ll go back to court.”

Of course, by now Evans and James were in an impossible position. They had lost, in some cases repeatedly, at all levels of the British judiciary and in the European Court of Human Rights in their unflagging efforts to be allowed to take their grievously ill 23-month-old son to the Vatican-affiliated Bambino Gesú Hospital, in Rome, Italy.

There were broad hints this morning that having lost yet again in the Court of Appeal, the couple might be resigned to moving in a different direction.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Mr. Evans made his earlier comments today following, “an emotional night that saw him and mum Kate maintain a bedside presence with their son and images circulate of a candle-lit vigil for the toddler in Vatican City.”

Explaining the situation this morning, Mr. Evans said: “We got rejected yesterday to go to Italy unfortunately.

“We could take it further but would that be the right thing to do, would there be more criticism?

“So what we do today is we have a meeting with the doctors at Alder Hey and we now start asking to go home.”

He added: “Alfie doesn’t need intensive care any more. Alfie is lying on the bed with one litre of oxygen going into his lungs and the rest is him.

But then he added what is the subtext of much of what Evans and James have maintained: “Some people say it’s a miracle, it’s not a miracle, it’s a misdiagnosis.”

Born on May 9, 2016, Alfie has a degenerative brain disorder that defies a diagnosis. Alfie has been a patient at Alder Hey since December 2016

Alder Hey has steadfastly and without compromise opposed transporting Alfie to Italy. They’ve told everyone from trial judge Mr. Justice Hayden to the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court to the European Court of Human Rights that Alfie’s condition is terminal and that further treatment would be “futile.” Hayden argued that maintaining Alfie on a ventilator would compromise his “future dignity.”

Tom Evans has repeatedly maintained that Alfie’s condition was far superior to what the experts said, at the same time never denying the gravity of their son’s condition.

A couple of hours ago, posting on the Facebook of Alfie’s Army, Mr. Evans expressed his gratitude for the world-wide support group which has over a half-million members.

Thank you all from the bottom off our hearts 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 please respect this statement💙💙




You have all been the most crucial part of our fight and we love you all#alfiesarmy 💙💜💙💜💙💜💂🏻‍♀️💂🏻‍♀️

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