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Alfie Evans' parents plan to set up a foundation 'to honour his name'

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 23/09/2018 Press Association

The parents of Alfie Evans hope to set up a foundation “to honour his name” and to continue “fighting for the value of life”.

Alfie’s dad Tom, watched by his partner and Alfie's mum Kate James, made the announcement as he was honoured at a forum in Rome organised by a small far-right Italian political party.

Alfie, who was 23 months old, suffered an undiagnosed brain condition and died at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital in April.

He was at the centre of a long-running legal battle between his parents and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital .

His parents Tom, 21, and Kate, 20, wanted to take him to Italy for further treatment - but doctors said this was not possible.

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Mr Evans was honoured by Italian politician Giorgia Meloni in recognition of “a priceless example in defence of the value of life”.

The political event was organised by the Brothers of Italy party, whose political roots come from a descendant of a neo-fascist party, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Earlier this year, a court ruled in the hospital’s favour and said it was in Alfie’s best interests to turn off his ventilation and start end-of-life care.

Their fight to keep Alfie alive saw the couple take the case to the High Court , Supreme Court and eventually The European Court of Human Rights - who ruled their case inadmissible and upheld the previous ruling.

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In a speech in which he fought to hold back tears, Mr Evans spoke of his ongoing pride at being Alfie’s father, the arrival of their new son Thomas in August and his gratitude to an organisation called Steadfast, which had backed the family campaign and helped make contact with the Pope on their behalf.

He also said the family were planning to take the case to the European Court of Justice when Alfie died.

Mr Evans said: “Soon, we would like to open a foundation to honour his name. This will also be possible thanks to the precious collaboration we have with Steadfast with the aim to continue (to) fight against euthanasia.

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“It is also in our plans to present a bill to the attention of the British Parliament to try to change the status quo.

“We will no longer allow what has happened to us to happen to others. We will help families who will fight for the lives of their loved ones.

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Alfies Army/Facebook/PA Wire

“I am here today to ask you to not stop fighting for the value of life, in memory of Alfie and in the name of all those who, every day, before and after him, will face those who believe that death is the only ‘best interest’. Alfie has shown everyone that this is not the case.

“I hope I have made you feel at least a part of the joy and pride I felt, and I still feel, on being Alfie’s father. Alfie brought only joy into our lives and gave us a little miracle even after his death, the most precious. In fact, on the 6th of August, Kate and I became the parents of Thomas James, Alfie’s brother. We will always have two children, forever. We love you Alfie. We do.”

Mr Evans also said he had a private audience with the Pope on April 18.

“He told me that I was bravely fighting for the life of my son and he promised me that he would have done everything in his power to bring Alfie to Bambino Gesu hospital,” he said.

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