Alfie Evans dies after legal battle

What happened?

Alfie Evans, the seriously ill toddler whose plight moved thousands across the world, died on Saturday. Tom Evans, Alfie’s father, said: “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings.” Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital switched off his life support after doctors said it was in his best interests – a decision opposed by Alfie’s parents.

Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome offered care, but the courts barred Alfie’s parents from taking him abroad.

What the American media are saying

“The doctors and judges had plausible medical arguments” for discontinuing treatment, wrote Ross Douthat in the New York Times.

But “that judgment was deployed for wicked ends, stripping parents who were not unfit of their ability to act as parents.”

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