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LIVERPOOL, England (ChurchMilitant.com) - More than a month after the death of British toddler Alfie Evans, the parents say they will begin to speak up about their son's passing.
"It's been 1 month and 2 weeks since our gladiator was [taken] away from us, deprived, neglected, mistreated, and disrespected!" said Thomas Evans, Alfie's father, in a Facebook post on June 16.
Alfie was over a year old in Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool with an undiagnosed brain condition. On breathing support and feeding tubes, the hospital refused the parents' wishes to have him moved to another hospital, where he could continue experimental treatment.
In a last-minute attempt to safe Alfie's life, Italy granted him citizenship, at one time even providing a helicopter outside Alder Hey to fly Alfie and his parents to the Vatican's Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome. But Alder Hey repeatedly won over in the courts, and Alfie's ventilator support was removed on April 23. Alfie survived without the breathing tubes for nearly five days, dying on April 28 at about 2:30 a.m.
"I would like to remind the world," Evans said in his Facebook post, "those doctors told me and Kate and all the courts Alfie wouldn't last longer than five minutes! He survived for a further five days, and fought hard! He should have been [given] respect, care, decency!"
In the aftermath of the toddler's death, there were disturbing reports that Alfie had been doing well in the hours before his death, but took a sharp turn for the worse after a nurse injected a mysterious mixture of four unknown drugs.
Now Alfie's parents say they will begin revealing the details of their son's death.
"Me and Kate will never come to terms with it and will never accept Alfie's death, or cause of death!" Evans wrote. "Kate" is Alfie's mother, Kate James.
"We wanted everyone to know that in time, as we grieve, we will be speaking out further [about] the build-up to Alfie's death, and we will be speaking out the truth and in detail about the week that we had to go through, that no other parents should ever, ever go through or imagine!" Evans went on.
"The world needs to know what happened in those five days, and what we did and went through to have Alfie cared for when he proved doctors wrong!" he said. "We are not done! We are angry, upset, distraught and truly heartbroken."
After thanking supporters, Evans concluded, "We will get JUSTICE FOR ALFIE!"
Alfie was born in May 2016. By December, he was hospitalized for seizures after a chest infection. He was on breathing and feeding tubes from that point onward.
The hospital wanted to let Alfie die because tests indicated that his brain was physically deteriorating and his senses were not functioning.
What troubled many about the case was the fact that the courts refused to let the parents seek treatment for Alfie at other hospitals, and the U.K. bishops offered a lukewarm response to the parents' pleas.
Italian Bp. Francesco Cavina of Carpi, who helped arrange for Thomas Evans to meet with Pope Francis, said of the case, "Two parents asking to transfer their child from one hospital to another — I do not understand why this should be prevented; if not in Italy then in any other hospital in England."
On April 18, 10 days before Alfie's death, the U.K. bishops issued a lukewarm statement offering prayers for Alfie while praising the "professionalism" of Alder Hey Hospital.
After Alfie died, many Catholics blasted the U.K. bishops for failing to fight for Alfie.