By Dave Andrusko
The last months of Alfie Evans’ all-too-brief life were played out in the public domain. How could it have been otherwise when Tom Evans and Kate James were fighting the entire judicial and medical establishments in Great Britain to win what ought to have theirs by right: the ability to fly their very ill son to a hospital in Italy which had not given up on him.
But the family has announced that Alfie’s funeral will be private.
Posting on the Facebook of “Alfie’s Army,” his uncle Daniel Evans wrote yesterday,
“The funeral will be private due to family’s wishes, we ask that no one turns up unless you have been personally invited by Thomas and Kate as there’s a limited number of people who are allowed to attend, invitations are currently being sorted out for family and close friends.
“Thank you all for your support.”
The Liverpool Echo reported that the service will be Monday at an unconfirmed location and that “the Merseyside Police have confirmed they will be in attendance at the funeral to provide support for the family, but that the funeral and wake will not be open to the public.”
Those looking to pay their respects to Alfie “will be invited to line the streets outside Goodison Park,” the police said, according to Josh Parry.
Members of Alfie’s Army gathered near Alder Hey Children’s Hospital yesterday afternoon to release hundreds of balloons in memory of Alfie. “Blue and purple were adopted as the colours of Alfie’s Army,” The Liverpool Echo explained.
A steady stream of supporters visited Alder Hey throughout the day to lay flowers and offer their tributes to this brave little warrior.
Alfie Evans died five days after the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital—backed up by the trial judge, the Court of Appeal , and the Supreme Court—disconnected his ventilator. The elite in Great Britain all concluded Alfie Evans was “better off dead.” Of course, they were too adroit to put it that baldly.
Rather, they said coyly, maintaining Alfie on his ventilator [removal which virtual guaranteed he would die] was not in his “best interest.” Mr. Justice Hayden, the trial judge, went so far as to announce that if they did not take Alfie off his ventilator, it could compromise his “future dignity.”
His parents’ wishes counted for absolutely nothing. They could not even persuade the hospital to allow Alfie to die at home.
But as the rally yesterday powerful illustrated, the death of this little one won’t just “go away.”
A crowd gathered around a tree under a banner carrying this message: “Alfie Evans: the boy who brought the world together.”