Alfie Evans, surviving almost 6 days after his ventilator was removed, and only sporadic food and water, has died.
Alfie captured the attention of millions worldwide, and Tom and Kate Evans, his heroic parents, have embodied the best in parental love and commitment.
“We pray for little Alfie at the hour of his death,” shared Bobby Schindler, President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. “Like Tom and Kate Evans, I know how terrible it is to be powerless to care for a loved one, but,” Schindler continued, “I cannot imagine the unique tragedy of being prevented from caring for a child in the way that the United Kingdom and European Courts barred them from exercising what so many recognize as their basic parental rights to provide care.”
“We will honor Alfie’s memory,” concluded Schindler, “and we will do whatever we can to affirm the value of every life, regardless of condition and the right of every parent to care for their children in a life-affirming way.”
The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is encouraged by nascent discussion of “Alfie’s Law”, or similar legal reform that would restore to parents the right to provide basic and ordinary care and prohibit national authorities from needlessly substituting their own judgment or otherwise intentionally causing death as if it were a legitimate medical treatment.
The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network upholds human dignity through service to the medically vulnerable, and has served more than 2,700 patients and families through its Crisis Lifeline.