Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old precious son of Kate James and Tom Evan, had been in a coma for well over a year after being struck down with a mystery illness.
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He began making “jerking, seizure-like movements” and was taken to the doctor, where his parents were told he was “lazy and a late developer”, says the family.
He caught a chest infection that caused seizures and was placed on life support at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool in December 2016.
After being admitted to Alder Hey, his parents were told he wasn’t going to make it – but he fought back to beat the infection and started breathing on his own. He caught another chest infection and was placed back on a ventilator when he began having more chronic seizures.
Experts believe he may have a mitochondrial condition – the same as Charlie Gard.
Mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDS) refers to a group of disorders that cause affected tissues to suffer from a significant drop in mitochondrial DNA.
The DNA is found in the mitochondria of cells – an organelle found in most cells in which respiration and energy production occur.
This means, as in Charlie’s case, that sufferers do not get the energy to their muscles, kidneys, and brain.
MDS causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage. The condition is rare and Charlie is said to be one of only 16 people to have ever had the condition.
MDS is almost always fatal in babies and young children, although some sufferers have made it into their teenage years.
There is currently no cure but some treatments have shown a reduction in symptoms.
One of these is Nucleoside bypass therapy.
Alfie’s parents constantly placed pressure on the justice system trying to keep their son alive.
Tom cited the 10 commandments in a court case, reminding the court “thou shalt not kill”.
Following the rejections by the judges in the European Court of Rights, Tom said he and Kate were “in bits, distraught, in pain”, and the decision meant their son was “about to be murdered”.
The family took their battle to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal agreed with Alder Hey that Alfie “could not be saved” and that it would be “unkind” and “futile” to continue treatment. On April 20, a bid to have the decision overturned was denied.
On Friday, outside Alder Hey hospital, Tom said he was told he could face prison if he removes Alfie from the hospital, and there were police officers on the ward to stop him from taking his son.
Following one appeal, Lord Justice Davis ruled that Alfie’s life support must be turned off and told lawyers that doctors had agreed that there was “no hope”.
He said: “We cannot have a kind of legal Groundhog Day where you come back again and again and again on the same point.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The fact that Alfie Evans isn't trending either means Twitter is suppressing it or most people really just don't care that a child is being legally starved to death. Neither explanation is encouraging.</p>— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) <a href="https://twitter.com/MattWalshBlog/status/988889770209234944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 24, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The last few hours of Alfie Evans story are vile. The precious little boy, who suffered from a mysterious brain condition, was removed from the ventilator at Alder Hey hospital in London. The hospital decreed that the boy’s life was no longer worth living and so he must die. The parents pleaded that there was still hope, and they wanted to take him to a hospital in Italy where further treatment was offered and available. In the end, the doctors at Alder Hey hospital won the right to kill little Alfie.
On April 23rd, they begin the slow, painful process of his execution by removing him from life support. Alfie defied them again as he continued to breathe on his own, without assistance, for several hours. The doctors, perplexed by this, eventually agreed to give Alfie water but no food. Since they could not suffocate him by taking away his oxygen, they would starve him to death.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Alfie’s Dad, Tom Evans - Alfie’s been breathing on his own for 22 hours which has surprised but also frustrated doctors who he says want the child dead. Tom fought for six hours to get Alfie hydration but they're refusing food.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AlfieEvans?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AlfieEvans</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrayForAlfie?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PrayForAlfie</a><a href="https://t.co/AeqWjBzN4i">https://t.co/AeqWjBzN4i</a></p>— The United Free (Jason Evans) (@TheUnitedFree) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheUnitedFree/status/988917338174033920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 24, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
While all this was going on, an air ambulance from Italy was outside the hospital ready to take Alfie, who was also granted Italian citizenship, to their country for treatment. A small army of police is stationed outside the boy’s room to prevent this from happening.
Alfie’s parents were granted one final hearing with a judge, praying he would have a conscience and the human decency to let them put their sweet son on that helicopter and take him to a place, with open arms, willing to give him medical care. But sadly he showed them no mercy. Their request was denied. The boy must die. This is his “final chapter,” says the judge.
This is pure evil. The hospital held this precious baby hostage against the will of his parents, and the courts barred the family from boarding a helicopter and leaving the country. This is kidnapping and murder.
Who gives the judge the right to decide the final chapter in a young boy's life? Why are the doctors fighting so hard to kill him? It appears they would all rather see Alfie die a slow and agonizing death than risk him getting the treatment he needs from another country and embarrassing them by proving their diagnosis wrong.
That’s their motive for killing little precious Alfie Evans. May God have mercy on their souls.
<b>By: Lexy </b>
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