The British government should be ashamed of themselves. They’ve condemned a toddler to die without allowing his family to explore all available options.
Now little Alfie Evans’ parents just want peace.
Alfie’s father Tom Evans gave a statement to reporters Thursday on behalf of himself, girlfriend and mother to Alfie Kate James and Alfie himself. The statement is a recognition of the fact that the British government won’t allow Alfie to leave the country to pursue other treatment.
“We are very grateful and we appreciate all the support we have received from around the world, including from our Italian and Polish supporters, who have dedicated their time and support to our incredible fight,” Tom Evans said in the statement. “We would now ask you to return back to your everyday lives and allow myself, Kate and Alder Hey (hospital) to form a relationship, build a bridge and walk across it.”
This is a very sad commentary on the ills of a socialized medical system in which the government can play judge, jury and executioner with innocent people’s lives. However, it appears the only thing left to do is to respect the wishes of Alfie’s parents.
Evans even acknowledged the strain put on the hospital staff at Alder Hey.
We also wish to thank Alder Hey staff, at every level of their dignity and professionalism, during what must have been an incredibly difficult time for them, too,” Evans told reporters.
“Together we recognise the strains recent events have put upon us all and we now wish for privacy for everyone concerned,” the statement continued. “In Alfie's interests we will work with his treatment team on a plan that provides our boy with the dignity and comfort he needs.”
The BBC reported that Tom Evans also stated that “there would be no more statements issued or interviews given.”
It’s indeed a very sad day.
To view Tom Evans making the statement, watch below: