Alfie Evans RIP

From the Medical Ethics Alliance

At the time of his death we offered our deepest condolences and assurance of our prayers to the parents of Alfie Evans who died early in the morning of the 28th April. Alfie’s father wrote on Facebook “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings… absolutely heartbroken.”

With the help of his family and friends Alfie clearly showed his humanity. As we reflect upon his life over the coming months we hope that  his humanity will continue to inspire and lead others.

But we believe that there are very serious issues and questions about the legal judgements and the removal of his parents rights by the Court.  There is a useful  discussion of the Care of dying children and adults. Ethics, principles and issues for law reform written by  Dr Adrian Treloar published in the Catholic Medical  Quarterly . You  can read it here.

The Bambino Jesu Hospital has published a Charter to Protect the Rights of Terminally Ill Children

The Medical  Ethics Alliance commends the Bambino  Gesu  Hospital  (the Vatican’s children’s hospital) for it’s  charter to protect the rights of terminally ill children.  Read more here

You can see our statement released to  the press on the 24th  April  here. The statement attracted widespread support and hundreds of signature in the few days that  remained of Alfie’s life. Alfie’s life and his passing from  that  life gives us all  much  to  think  about, to reflect  upon and to learn  from. For now,  May  he rest  in peace.