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Anger as Alfie’s Army protests outside Alder Hey

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1801 (Published 25 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1801
  1. Alison Shepherd
  1. The BMJ

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 The next day Evans issued a statement saying that Alfie’s life support had been withdrawn but that he had been breathing unaided for nine hours.

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