Mourners line streets of Liverpool as Alfie Evans hearse passes

Alfie Evans Funeral

The funeral cortege of Alfie Evans goes past Everton's Goodison Park ground in Liverpool.

The 23-month-old, who suffered from a degenerative brain condition, died on April 28 five days after his life-support was turned off.

Ahead of the funeral police had asked that mourners respect the privacy of the families and paid tribute to the supporters of Alfie's cause.

Evans was born on May 9, 2016, and was first taken to hospital in December of that year after suffering seizures.

The little boy died at Alder Hey Hospital after a long legal battle between his parents and medical staff over plans to withdraw his life support.

Alfie Evans Funeral
Alfie Evans Funeral A card and flowers in memory of toddler Alfie Evans

His parents, Thomas Evans and Kate James, wanted to take Alfie to a hospital in Rome, Italy, to continue his treatment in the hope he would recover.

Judges in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court agreed with doctors and rejected a series of legal challenges by his parents to take him overseas.

The case drew the attention of Pope Francis, who tweeted: "Moved by the prayers and enormous solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted". Alfie's condition left him with nearly no brain function, and multiple courts ruled that keeping him alive was not in his best interests before doctors removed his ventilator five days previously.

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.

Announcing the news of his death on 28 April, his parents said: "Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30am".

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