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Hundreds say goodbye to British toddler Alfie Evans

A hearse carrying the coffin of British toddler Alfie Evans drives past Everton's Goodison park stadium in Liverpool. AFP A hearse carrying the coffin of British toddler Alfie Evans drives past Everton's Goodison park stadium in Liverpool. AFP
Gustavo Carr | 16 May, 2018, 10:39

Alfie had a degenerative neurological condition that left him with nearly no brain function.

Toy soldiers and the Everton club motif were nestled beside his tiny coffin, while the lead two hearses carried floral wreaths spelling out the words "Warrior", "Our Hero", "Son", "Nephew", "Grandson" and "Blue".

Crowds of well-wishers lined the streets in Liverpool to pay their final respects at the funeral of Alfie Evans.

The 23-month-old boy, who had been living in a coma for more than a year, was at the centre of a "sometimes acrimonious six-month dispute which has seen a series of court battles", says The Independent.

Alfie had a degenerative neurological brain condition and his case drew worldwide attention when his parents became determined to keep him on life support.

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His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, have lost legal cases over their son in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

"Those who have not been invited to the funeral are asked to avoid the area to allow Alfie's family to grieve privately".

The vigil will be held in Springfield Park, next to Alder Hey Children's Hospital where Alfie died.

One woman told the Liverpool Echo she had come because "I want Kate and Tom to know I care", while another said she was "so proud" of Alfie's parents.

Alfie's parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, held a high profile campaign against the decision saw them clash with doctors over his treatment. They wanted to take Alfie to the Vatican's Bambino Gesu paediatric hospital, but the courts ruled that it was not in his best interest. "Thank you everyone for all your support".

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