THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
EVANS HAS DIED
is a very tragic and heartbreaking development. This boy was
murdered by the powers-that-be. These liberals, including
governments and the courts, have decided who is to live and
who is to die, something that belongs only to God. In their
assaults against family and life, they are very totalitarian,
and will trample individual and family rights. This is nothing
less than diabolical.
criminals—the medical personnel, the judges of the courts,
the UK and EU bureaucrats—must be prosecuted for crimes
liberals and modernists are out to deprive us of our faith,
our family and our lives. We must resist.
Alfie Evans has died
LIVERPOOL, England, April 28, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) —
Alfie Evans died today in a Liverpool children’s hospital
at 2:30 a.m. local time.
last-minute interventions, including the Italian government’s
gift of citizenship to the infant, the child died four days
after doctors at the Alder Hey NHS (National Health Service)
Foundation ignored his parents’ wishes and removed him
from a ventilator.
mother Kate James informed well-wishers of the boy’s
death by posting a message on the “Alfie’s Army
Official” Facebook page.
baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am,” the young
mother wrote. “We are heart broken. Thank you everyone
for all your support.”
gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30...
absolutely heartbroken... I LOVE YOU MY GUY,” Thomas
Open letter to UK bishops: Your response to Alfie Evans was
an ‘abject failure’
James Evans was a baptized Catholic, like his father. His
mother belongs to the Reformed tradition. If a baptized child
before the age of reason dies, he goes straight to heaven,
according to Catholic teaching.
and under ‘the age of reason’, he does not need
our prayers,” tweeted Dr Joseph Shaw, a Catholic ethicist
at Oxford University. “His family, and everyone else
a statement issued on its website, Alder Hey Children’s
Hospital in Liverpool, England, said: “We wish to express
our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Alfie’s family
at this extremely distressing time. All of us feel deeply
for Alfie, Kate, Tom and his whole family and our thoughts
are with them. This has been a devastating journey for them
and we would ask that their privacy and the privacy of staff
at Alder Hey is respected.”
Monday, Alfie’s father Thomas Evans posted a video on
Facebook saying that when the hospital staff removed Alfie’s
ventilator at 9:17 p.m., he was able to breathe on his own.
The toddler lived for more than four days without the machine.
the video, Evans said his son’s fingers were beginning
to turn blue and Alfie was losing color.
sustained his life since 17 minutes past nine,” Thomas
Evans said. “He’s needing oxygen but the hospital
won’t give him any.”
the video, he said his son’s fingers were beginning
to turn blue and Alfie was losing color. However, after the
parents gave the child mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, the child
began to breathe on his own. Later Alfie was given oxygen.
aunt Sarah Evans posted a message on the “Alfie’s
Army Official” Facebook page soon before he died asking
supporters for prayers.
warrior is needing prayers and 100 deep breathes sending to
Alfie,” she wrote. “Inhale and exhale then do
another 100 please. Please pray for our warrior.”
would have turned two on May 9th. A video taken of him on
the day of his court-ordered death showed the toddler looking
around the room, responsive and alert.
is a tragic ending to a sad story that began shortly after
Alfie was born to his then-teenage parents. In July 2016,
he was referred to hospital for a “divergent squint”
(one eye turning outwards). By the time he was four months
old, his mother noticed other troubling signs. Alfie’s
smile had become less frequent, he was sleeping too much,
and he showed little interest in interactions and playing
with toys. By six months, he showed signs of significant developmental
delay. An MRI showed that his brain was not developing properly.
was admitted to Alder Hey hospital’s emergency department
on December 14, 2016 after an episode of coughing, high temperature
and, according to a subsequent court decision, “rhythmic
jerking of all four limbs and his jaw.” The boy was
diagnosed with acute viral bronchiolitis and a possible prolonged
febrile convulsion. He began to jerk again, and these seizures
worsened the next day. Alfie was then treated with Midazolam
and then, on the 16th, with Vigabatin instead. A doctor described
him as “comatose” from this time forward. On December
19, it was discovered that Alfie had a slow breathing rate
and apnea (pauses in breathing). Alfie went into cardiac arrest
and was given an oxygen mask.
was admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, and was
later diagnosed with pneumonia. In January 2017, Alfie’s
parents were warned he might die. Nevertheless the boy recovered
from pneumonia, albeit without any improvement to the health
of his brain. Doctors from Alder Hey and additional doctors
consulted by Alfie’s parents agreed that the child had
a fatal neurodegenerative disorder. It remained undiagnosed
to the end.
Alfie’s condition declined, the hospital began to pressure
his parents to remove him from life support.
refused to give permission. Undeterred, the hospital went
to court to argue that ending treatment was in the child’s
best interests. On February 20, 2018, Mr Justice Heydon of
the UK Supreme Court ruled that it was in Alfie’s “best
interests” to discontinue treatment, to be removed from
his life support, and to receive palliative care at Alder
parents appealed the decision before the UK Court of Appeal
and the UK Supreme Court before pleading their case before
the European Court of Human Rights this March. The ECHR ruled
that their appeal to take their son elsewhere in the European
Union was “inadmissible” and that the child’s
rights under the European Convention on Human Rights were
not being violated. The court also refused to block Heydon’s
decision that Alfie’s doctors could remove the boy’s
Hey then applied to the High Court to set a date for his treatment
to end. Alfie’s parents responded with more appeals,
all of which were denied.
Francis repeatedly spoke out in support of Alfie’s parents,
and an Italian priest, Fr. Gabriele Brusco, offered spiritual
help to the Evans family until he was recalled to London.
Friday, April 20, the UK High Court denied Alfie’s parents’
final appeal that they be allowed to continue caring for their
son and ordered Alder Hey remove his life support on April
all LifeSite coverage of the Alfie Evans case, click here.