Alfie Evans: parents' legal battle to keep son on life support

Alfie Evans: parents' legal battle to keep son on life support

The 23-month-old boy, who suffered a severe degenerative neurological condition, died April 28, some 10 days after his father, Tom Evans, had asked Pope Francis to help get him to Rome for treatment.

The funeral cortege of Alfie Evans goes past Everton's Goodison Park ground in Liverpool, England, Monday, May 14, 2018.

Mourners have been asked to stand outside Everton's stadium at Goodison Park as the funeral procession passes between 11am and 11.30am. Inside a hearse, Alfie's coffin was decorated with images of toy soldiers and the Everton logo.

Mr Evans is a fervent supporter of the Premier League club and had spoken of his hopes to take his son to watch the Blues in action.

In February, a High Court judge ruled that doctors could stop providing life support for Alfie, against his parents' wishes, saying the child required "peace, quiet and privacy".

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.

The crowd applauded and some threw flowers as the procession made its way slowly up the road.

According to Merseyside Police, the toddler's parents "continue to thank the community for their support".

Who is Alfie Evans and how did the case unfold?

A vigil was held last Wednesday on what would have been the toddler's second birthday.

Alfie's parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, held a high profile campaign against the decision saw them clash with doctors over his treatment. Alfie's parents had also wanted to fly their son to Italy for further treatment.