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Alfie Evans, the toddler who stole the hearts of many,  has died after his parents lost their legal fight to continue his life support. Tom Evans and Kate James launched a series of legal challenges to continue treatment for their 23-month-old son, who had a degenerative neurological condition.

His father broke the news on Facebook stating “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30 absolutely heartbroken. I LOVE YOU MY GUY”. Alfie’s mother, wrote: “Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am. We are heart broken. Thank you everyone for all your support.”

The parents of the child wanted to move Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to Italy where they say doctors were willing to treat the little boy, after Italy granted citizenship.

Alfie’s life support machine was switched off on Monday night. Mr Evans said doctors were “gobsmacked” that his son was breathing nine hours after his life support ended.

On Thursday, Mr Evans seemed resigned and asked supporters who stood by the Liverpool hospital to ‘return to their lives’. He said the lives of his little family “had been turned upside down…and it has meant we have not been able to live our lives as we would like.” Striking a note of reconciliation with medical staff he asked Alfie’s supporters to “allow myself, Kate and Alder Hey to form a relationship, build a bridge and walk across it.”

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