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Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old British toddler at the centre of a High Court battle, died on Saturday almost a week after his life support was withdrawn.

This morning the family updated the public with the news and wrote: 'Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am.

Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old British toddler whose parents' struggle with hospital authorities has drawn worldwide attention, has died.

The parents' campaign was backed by the pope and Christian groups, which helped draw global attention to the case.

On Saturday, he tweeted: "I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie". "Today i pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him into his tender embrace".

In an Orwellian turn of events, High Court Justice Anthony Hayden ruled that it was "in Alfie's best interest" for him to "conclude his life, as he has lived it, with dignity".

Thomas Evans and Kate James's legal campaign attracted widespread media attention and saw them clash with doctors over the Alfie's treatment. "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".

His father, who has been consistent and vocal about the legal battle for his son's continuing health aid, shared to Facebook on Saturday morning confirmation of Alfie's passing.

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Pope Francis tweeted he was "deeply moved" to learn Alfie had died.

Earlier in April, Thomas Evans had visited Pope Francis in Rome, pleading with him to "save our son".

The hospital said that further attempts to treat the child are meaningless and, indeed, inhumane.

The child's life support was withdrawn on Monday following orders by the High Court.

Supporters of the parents staged angry protests regularly outside the hospital and tried to storm the entrance at times. We understand the last few months have been hard for them.

British law states that parents "cannot demand a particular treatment to be continued where the burdens of the treatment clearly outweigh the benefits for the child", Agence France-Presse reported.

He died previous year, one week short of his first birthday, after doctors withdrew life support treatment. On Wednesday, his parents lost their final court battle. Hospital staff claimed that the doctors determined there was no hope for successful treatment, but a hospital in Rome, Italy, agreed that some further treatment could be done, albeit at a significant risk that Alfie Evans would be damaged by a trip to this hospital.

King, now eight years old, has since been declared clear of the disease.


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