Amanda Prestigiacomo

Early Saturday morning, baby Alfie Evans passed away, announced 23-month-old’s mother Kate James in a Facebook post.

“Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am,” Kate posted to “Alfie’s Army Official” Facebook page, tagging her husband Tom Evans. “We are heart broken. Thank you everyone for all your support.”

Mr. Evans posted: “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30… absolutely heartbroken… I LOVE YOU MY GUY.”

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, where the boy was being “treated,” issued the following statement on their website regarding Alfie’s passing:

We wish to express our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Alfie’s family at this extremely distressing time. All of us feel deeply for Alfie, Kate, Tom and his whole family and our thoughts are with them. This has been a devastating journey for them and we would ask that their privacy and the privacy of staff at Alder Hey is respected.

Baby Alfie caught the nation’s attention over the last week as Kate and Tom fought desperately to save their boy, as they have since the day Alfie fell ill with an undiagnosed neurodegenerative disorder. Alder Hey – backed by the British court system – decided it was in the boy’s best interest to die and took him off life-support against his parents’ will on Monday. But to the surprise of the medical team, Alfie did not die right away from the life-support withdrawal; he sustained his own life until Saturday morning with help from his parents giving him mouth-to-mouth when the hospital was refusing him oxygen, water, and nutrients. Alfie’s parents also separately filed requests to take their son to Italy and seek further treatment after he was granted citizenship and assistance from the Italian embassy at the behest of Pope Francis. The court system rejected these request, too.

The bureaucrats and medical staff who chose death on their terms for Alfie will go on with their lives. The Evans family, however, will forever deal with this loss and their questions of “what if.”