Anger as Alfie’s Army protests outside Alder HeyBMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1801 (Published 25 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1801
Crowds, rallied by social media postings, try to storm Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool on Monday 23 April, after the parents of Alfie Evans lost a “last ditch” appeal against ending life support for their nearly 2 year old son.
The police presence and the hostile atmosphere prompted the hospital to issue a statement to other patients and parents: “The hospital is calm. Please attend your appointment as normal.”
Tom Evans and Kate James had hoped the European Court of Human Rights would overturn a High Court ruling that prevented them taking Alfie to Italy for treatment. The next day Evans issued a statement saying that Alfie’s life support had been withdrawn but that he had been breathing unaided for nine hours.
BMJ Opinion Daniel Sokol: Alfie Evans and guerrilla warfare http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2018/04/24/daniel-sokol-alfie-evans-and-guerrilla-warfare