Alfie Evans, the British toddler at the center of a legal battle passed away in the night. My heart grieves after following Alfie’s story for months. In case you’ve never heard of Alfie Evans, here’s a little recap. Alfie was born May 9, 2016. When he was seven-months-old he was taken to the hospital with a fever and cough. While in the hospital he began having seizures and the rest of the story goes downhill from there.
Alfie was eventually put on life support and somewhere in there a committee at the hospital in Liverpool, England decided that Alfie’s situation “was unkind and inhumane” and it was time to let Alfie die. The doctors had not been able to determine what exactly Alfie had but thought he had a degenerative brain disease. Over the course of time Alfie’s case was turned over to a high court justice who decided that it was time to take Alfie off life support because “it would not be in Alfie’s best interests to continue life support” and it was then that a judge had decided he knew what was best for Alfie.
Photo: Kate James (Alfie’s mom)
At the root of Alfie’s story is the battle for who makes the decision whether a person lives or dies and who determines if they have value. Let that sink in.
In Alfie’s case the hospital’s committee decided his life no longer had value and it was time for him to die and then the justice backed up the committee. His parents disagreed and wanted to take him to Italy for treatment. The hospital refused to let him leave. The hospital committee said he was in a partial vegetative state. His parents said he would respond to them! Either way, if a person is in a partial vegetative state and his parents want to attempt treatment elsewhere, what problem would that be to the hospital? What right did they have to say he couldn’t leave?
Alfie’s family fought all the way through the courts. Each court ruled with the committee!! The Supreme Court in England threw the case out and said it wasn’t worth hearing – meaning Alfie had no value to them. Friends! Do you realize that this is socialized healthcare at it’s finest?? Socialized health care means a committee decides a person’s value! A committee!! A committee!! The committee wouldn’t allow Alfie to leave the hospital instead that same committee worked to have his parent’s rights severed! And friends, don’t think it can’t happen to you – this is socialized health care.
Alfie’s Parents – Image: Jason Roberts
The battle for Alfie’s right to life and who would make the decision about his care was real!! His parents went back to the Supreme Court and asked them a second time if they would please hear their son’s case. They refused a second time. His dad then appealed to the European court of human rights in Strasburg, Germany to allow Alfie to be moved to Rome for treatment. The European court of human rights in Strasburg refused.
Alfie’s dad flew 10 days ago to Italy to meet with the pope. In an incredible move Italy granted Alfie immediate citizenship in an effort to allow him to come to Italy for treatment. The Italian ministry of foreign affairs said: “The Italian government hopes that in this way, being an Italian citizen will enable the immediate transfer of the child to Italy.”
When Italy granted Alfie citizenship, the hospital removed life support. It had long been an ego-thing for a committee – the committee would win at any cost and Alfie would die. A committee believed they knew better then Alfie’s parents. Off life support Alfie continued to breathe on his own!! (That must have really ticked off the committee!! How dare Alfie breathe on his own!)
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This is a travesty and this is socialized healthcare friends!! Alfie’s life had boiled down to only intellectual value and the committee had decided that Alfie had none. The blood of Alfie Evans is on the hands of every person who ruled against his parents, every person who decided he no longer had value and every person who blocked the efforts of his parents to take him to Italy.
Alfie’s parents were denied the privilege of caring for their son in the best way they deemed. The courts ruled against them every single time because a committee (a committee!!) decided they knew best what Alfie’s life was worth – nothing!! It held no value at all to any of them.
Photo: Peter Byrne/PA
Alfie Evans – your life had infinite value as you were created in the image of our mighty God. We know you are now with little baby Joy from the Gem Foundation (and all the other little ones) and you are safe in the arms of Jesus.
Alfie’s parents – you fought valiantly for your Alfie!! You should have had the right to decide on his healthcare. You should have had the right to leave the hospital with him. You should have had the right to take him to Italy. You are true heroes! Italy – thank you for fighting for Alfie too. We pray for God’s peace, comfort and strength for Alfie’s parents.