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In this April 23, 2018 handout photo provided by Alfies Army Official, brain-damaged toddler Alfie Evans cuddles his mother Kate James at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool, England. The father of a terminally ill British toddler said the child is surviving after being taken off life support, surprising doctors who had argued he should be allowed to die. Tom Evans said his 23-month-old son, Alfie, survived for six hours with no assistance, and that doctors are now providing oxygen and hydration. (Alfies Army Official via AP)

In this April 23, 2018 handout photo provided by Alfies Army Official, brain-damaged toddler Alfie Evans cuddles his mother Kate James at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool, England. The father of a terminally ill British toddler said the child is surviving after being taken off life support, surprising doctors who had argued he should be allowed to die. Tom Evans said his 23-month-old son, Alfie, survived for six hours with no assistance, and that doctors are now providing oxygen and hydration. (Alfies Army Official via AP)

(USA Today) — A British toddler at the center of a controversial legal fight died Saturday, just days after he was removed from life support.

Alfie Evans’ parents announced their son’s death early Saturday, losing the fight against his degenerative neurological condition, which had not been diagnosed.

“My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30,” his father, Thomas Evans wrote on Facebook. “Absolutely heartbroken.”

Alfie’s fight for treatment drew support from around the world, including from Pope Francis.

“I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie,” he posted on Twitter. “Today I pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace.”

His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, wanted to take their son to the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital in Rome after doctors at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where Alfie was held in Liverpool, northern England, said continuing treatment would be “unkind, unfair and inhumane.”

He was removed from life support on Monday.


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His parents fought for months in front of judges and continued to appeal the decision to take him off life support nearly up to Alfie’s death. But judges maintained removing him from care was the right choice and prevented his parents from transferring him to another hospital. On Wednesday, his parents lost their final court battle.

Dozens of Alfie’s supporters gathered at Springfield Park, next door to the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, after the news of his death. The group released purple and blue balloons to honor the toddler’s life.

The controversy of care mirrored another British case that drew attention worldwide. Charlie Gard, an infant with a rare genetic condition known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, died in July after months of battling for prolonged treatment.

His parents fought doctors and judges for months to take him to the United States for radical treatment because the condition left him unable to move. Charlie couldn’t breathe without a ventilator. He was blind and deaf. He died one week before his first birthday.

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  • Gratefully, dear little Alfie has the hope of a resurrection back to life on earth, from his sleeping in death (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10), and to be reunited with his mom and dad (John 5:8, 9)!! ???☝️

    Throughout the upcoming 1,000-year rule of God’s kingdom (Daniel 2:44), or heavenly government (Matthew 4:17), resurrections (and healings) will happen on a worldwide basis, as was previewed by Jesus, when he performed both of them while on earth.???

  • Well, the secularists in the UK government got him into heaven early !! Everybody wins.

  • Damien,

    A limited number of persons from earth have the heavenly hope, namely 144,000 adult persons, whose assignment will be to directly rule with Christ Jesus, the King (Isaiah 9:6, 7) of God’s heavenly government (Matthew 4:17) over meek mankind on earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 14:1-5; 20:4-6).

    That is why Jesus refers to them as a “little flock” who would be given that kingdom (Luke 12:32 and be “born again” (John 3:3-7) or change to spirit persons. They will all rule with Jesus, in comparison, over millions of persons on earth (Isaiah 11:1-5).

    That rule will soon take place after God’s kingdom soon replaces all human governments (Daniel 2:44), ruling in their place and stead.

    Millions of persons still sleeping in death, of all ages, will be blessed with resurrection back to life on earth throughout those 1,000 years (John 5:28, 29).

    It will then be “heaven on earth”!??? ???☝️

  • Fran, you realize spouting bible verses is pointless…There is no reason to belief the bible is authoritative and good reasons to believe it is not.

    We could just as easily provide verses from Homer’s “The Illiad” here…same waste of space.

  • She is also arguing for a Jehovah’s Witness vision of the new Heaven & Earth, not mainstream Christianity’s idea of the afterlife.

  • OK Thanks…now I know why she posted that bizarre statement –

    “…144,000 adult persons, whose assignment will be to directly rule with Christ Jesus”

    I wonder if she thinks Alfie will be one of them?

  • You know the general rule is not to click on unattributed links — especially that have no annotation whatsoever.

    Could be Spam – or worse – a phishing attack or other malware.

  • Or you could learn something.

    Although I agree that in your case that would be unlikely.

    Anyway, Disqus actually scans and filters urls in posts.

  • Damien,

    Alfie, a toddler, is not an adult, nor is he qualified to rule over mankind on earth from God’s kingdom.

  • Time will prove the truthfulness of God, his Word, the Bible, and his purpose for mankind. Just wait and see it with your own eyes.

  • The new heavens and new earth is what is taught from the Bible; not a burning fiery torment of the wicked forever; nor that all good people go to heaven after they die.

  • David,

    Are you stating that 2.4 billion persons claiming to be Christians will live forever as spirit persons in the new heavens after their death?

    And that only 8+ million of Jehovah’s Witnesses will inherit the new earth, or something worse? I can’t read your mind to understand your comparison!

    Revelation 7:9, 13, 14 tells us that a great crowd of people from all tribes and nations will survive the great tribulation; and most likely Armageddon as well.

    Many persons who are judged by Jesus to be sheep, instead of goats, and are not Jehovah’s Witnesses, may inherit the earth as well:

    “And before him (Jesus) shall be gathered many nations, and he shall separate them one from
    another; as a shepherd divideth; his sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:32-33; 41).

    I hope and pray to be one of those survivors! I desire to remain as a human on earth, and enjoy forever eating food, drinking liquids, learning about the animal kingdom, swimming in a beautiful beach on a paradise earth, and hugging my friends (what physical humans normally do; and spirit persons don’t). ?????☝️

    God tells us in his Word, the Bible, that he made earth especially for us. If heaven is man’s destination after death, then why did God even bother to create the earth, with everything on it, including the animal kingdom?

    God blessed Adam and Eve and instructed them to fill the earth and subdue it; to have the animals in subjection to them; and to take care of them and their home, earth (Genesis1:28).

    Psalm 115:16 tells us: “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD: but the EARTH hath HE GIVEN to the CHILDREN OF MEN” (King James Version).

    We are further told:

    “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it, he hath established it NOT IN VAIN, he formed it TO BE INHABITED: I am the LORD, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:18). The only thing that keeps us from inhabiting it is death, which is what God will get rid of:

    “He will SWALLOW UP DEATH in victory, and the LORD God will wipe away tears from their faces; and the rebuke of people shall he take away from off all the EARTH: for the LORD hath spoken it” (Isaiah 25:8).

    And then, Jesus told many during his sermon on the mount: “Happy are the MEEK, for they shall INHERIT the EARTH” (Matthew 5:5).

    Only 144,000 spirit-anointed and born-again Christians have been chosen by God to inherit the heavens and God’s kingdom as spirit persons (1 Corinthians 15:50) and rule with Jesus.

    Those have been chosen since Pentecost 33 C.E. (Acts 2:1-5) until our time.

    The greatest number of Jehovah’s Witnesses today do have an earthly hope; and a very small number in our group has the heavenly hope.

    But besides them, the many faithful ones mentioned in the Bible, including Abel, Noah and his family, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, David (who has not ascended to heaven; Acts 2:34), and even John the Baptist, also have an earthly hope and shall be resurrected back to life on earth (see Hebrews 11:17-39).

  • Accurate knowledge vs. inaccurate knowledge.

    We are Christians, trying to be footstep followers of Christ Jesus, whom we recognize as the son of God, the Messiah, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, our mediator, and the King of God’s kingdom.

    We recognize both God, whose name is Jehovah, and Jesus, as our saviors. However, we worship only our Heavenly Father, and the Father of Jesus, or Jehovah, Almighty God, in spirit and truth (John 4:21, 24; 6:9).

  • You realize that the Latter-day Saints says the same thing about their church and their version of the Gospel.

    However, unlike the JWs, the LDS leaders haven’t made a lot of predictions that such & such will happen on this date and have that date come & go and the prediction doesn’t happen.

  • David,

    They base their beliefs on the Book of Morman and the Bible. We base our beliefs exclusively on the Bible.

    Don’t they believe that heaven is their eternal destination after death? We believe only 144,000 from earth have that destiny to rule with Jesus (Revelation 14:1-5; 20:4-6) over mankind on earth, our forever home. Also, that millions of persons who have passed away (they are not in heaven) will be resurrected back to life on earth (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15).

    They get involved in politics and wars (Matthew 26:52), but we remain apolitical and neutral regarding wars. I have never voted in my entire life. Many of my brothers in faith are imprisoned by governments for being conscientious objectors.

    We preach the good news of God’s kingdom as the only hope for mankind on earth (Matthew 24:14), and they do not.

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