Liverpool paid its last tribute to 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who died last month following a highly-charged battle between a hospital and his parents. Hundreds of people accompanied Alfie’s last trip, while members of the public broke into applause as the funeral cortege passed Everton Football Club’s Goodison Park stadium, on its way to a private burial nearby.
People placed flowers on the hearse, which carried floral tributes reading ‘Warrior’, ‘Our Hero’ and ‘Son’.
Alfie died on 28 April after doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital withdrew life support, following a long legal battle and a campaign by his parents that drew support from Pope Francis. Kate James and Alfie Evans had fought to take their son, who had a degenerative condition that caused irreversible brain damage, to a clinic in Rome but lost their court battle.
Alfie was born on 9 May 2016, and was first taken to hospital in December of that year after suffering from seizures. His condition worsened and in December 2017 the hospital recommended withdrawing life support.