The father of little Alfie Evans has released a new photo of him with his eyes open that he says ought to prove to the world that Alfie is not dying and that he is still fighting for life.
The release of the photo comes as Alfie’s parents are headed back to the Supreme Court in England for a last-ditch effort to save his life. They are fighting a London Children’s Hospital that wants to remove his life support over their objections — saying that Alfie is supposedly too far gone and is succumbing to a rare neurological disorder.
Alfie’s Father Tom Evans says Alfie in this photo “is telling the world, the judges, the doctors and the trolls” that he is “fighting – not dying”.
Tom Evans vowed: “It’s not over” after losing another legal battle to keep his son alive.
Posting on Facebook last night, Tom wrote: “Just came into Alfie after my interview and this is what he is telling the world the judges the drs the trolls – he’s fighting not dying, he’s undiagnosed not terminal, HE HAS NOT GOT MITOCHONDRIAL.
“Alfie has not yet Woke up this is just after a very small seizure he tried his best to stay awake but after a couple of minutes and a couple of very tired kid flickers he went back of to sleep.
“We fight Alfie just like you, whenever you show us your done we will stop Alf but while you continue to lead us through the storm we will hold your hand all the way through it.”
The Alfie Facebook support page also posted about how a Catholic priest has been helping him and his family.
It read: “Father Gabriele in recent months has followed the story of little Alfie, praying for him and trying to sensitise the faithful and the Church against limiting the right to life of sick children.
“The concern that brought me here was to see that Alfie had not yet received the sacrament of healing for the sick, that’s what I proposed to do.
“I read online when a journalist asked a Liverpool priest to come, he answered ‘that’s not my job’, so I came.
Alfie’s parents have lost at every single court level they have tried. Every court and every judge has sided with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and its doctors who claim that Alfie is too far gone and his life support should be terminated. But Alfie’s parents want to take him to a hospital in Italy that has volunteered to provide appropriate care and medical treatment and believes he still has hope despite the very rare neurological condition he faces.
A lawyer representing parents Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, on Monday asked Court of Appeal judges on Monday to rule that the 23-month-old should be allowed to receive treatment abroad. The court rejected the request. So Alfie’s parents are filing an appeal today with the Supreme Court to consider their attempt to take him to the Italian hospital and not have his life support yanked over their objections.
For the second time, Pope Francis has weighed in on the battle to save little Alfie Evans. Over the weekend the head of the Catholic Church called for prayers for Alfie, the 23 year-old suffering from a rare neurological condition who’s hospital is threatening to revoke his life support over his parents’ objections.
Earlier this month, Pope Francis sent out a tweet supporting Alfie. He expressed his hopes on Twitter that “everything necessary would be done” to help the child, who suffers from a mystery brain disorder.
The Holy Father tweeted: “It is my sincere hope that everything necessary may be done in order to continue compassionately accompanying little Alfie Evans, and that the deep suffering of his parents may be heard. I am praying for Alfie, for his family and for all who are involved.”