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.


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.