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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What to Know About Alfie Evans, the British Toddler Taken Off Life Support After Legal Battle

Alfie_Evans_with_soother_810_500_55_s_c123-month-old British toddler Alfie Evans was born "healthy and on time" in May of 2016. Soon after though, his parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, noticed that he was not meeting important developmental milestones like lifting his head, eating with his hands, or maintaining eye contact. A crack team of British physicians initially diagnosed the infant as a late developer, but concerns grew when baby Alfie started experiencing spasms and developed a serious infection. Aflie's conditioned continued to worsen, prompting treatment at a Liverpool hospital. He has not left the hospital's care since December of 2016. Despite Tom and Kate's protests, doctors said there was no hope for the child. As part of the wonder and magic of a totally government-run health system, a local court was brought in to decide the case and determined that Alfie's life was not worth saving. Kate and Tom, as might be expected, did not concur with the court's opinion, but had no power or say in the final decision. Aflie was removed from life support. The family now reports the innocent toddler has managed to cling to life without assistance and are doing what they can to save their baby. Earlier this month, Kate railed against the omniscient and apparently omnipotent medical and court system:  “How sad is it that someone can tell you where and when your child is going to die? No proper care plan and no respect for us as a family!” she wrote. “No privacy or nothing! I know the date and time my child is going to die and we haven’t even had time as a family to come to terms with this.”

See Char Adams, What to Know About Alfie Evans, the British Toddler Taken Off Life Support After Legal Battle, People, April 24, 2018.

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