Alfie Evans Family Ask Supporters To Stop Posting Edited Photos Of Him
The family of Alfie Evans have asked supporters to stop posting and sharing edited pictures of him when they are paying tribute to him on social media.
Lots of fans have edited pictures of the baby who tragically died last week to include angel wings and halos. Sarah Evans, Alfie's aunt, has pleaded with the supporters - who refer to themselves as Alfie's Army - to stop as it is upsetting his parents.
The 23-month-old died on Saturday morning after a battle with a degenerative brain disease. His family fought to have his treatment continued but were denied on several occasions by the courts.
In a Facebook post to the official Alfie's Army group, Ms Evans thanked them for their help, but asked them to stop posting the edited photos. She also asked them to ignore 'nasty rumours' that they might hear regarding Tom Evans and Kate James - Alfie's mum and dad.
The post said: "Just a couple of things I have been asked to mention on behalf of Tom and Kate.
"One is that there are nasty rumours going about that are not true and we ask that you don't listen to them.
"The second one is the pictures people are doing of Alfie with wings and halos saying 'RIP Alfie', it's really upsetting Kate. So if you want to have a picture of Alfie on your profiles that is fine but none of the above on them please.
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"Thank you all for the flowers, cards and love shown for Alfie. Our warrior is missed beyond belief."
Before his sad passing Alfie Evans was at the centre of a bitter and lengthy court battle about the best course of action for him, given how ill he was.
His parents fought to continue his treatment at Alder Hey Hospital near Liverpool, and then subsequently to have him taken to Italy where the Bambino Gesu Hospital had agreed to provide palliative care for him.
The doctors withdrew his life support last Monday after another court hearing. Mr Evans and Miss James made one final appeal to the Court of Appeal, but it was rejected.
They were then trying to get permission to take Alfie home after his treatment was stopped, but he died in the early hours of Saturday morning.
His mother announced the death on Facebook in a post that read: "Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2.30am. We are heartbroken. Thank you everyone for all your support."
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