Alfie Evans funeral: Tearful mourners applaud and toss flowers at passing hearse
Alfie Evans' nearly two years long battle against his neurodegenerative disorder came to an end on April 28 as he succumbed to his disease after his life support was discontinued
People in Everton, Liverpool threw flowers at the hearse carrying toddler Alfie Evan's coffin on Monday after his family conducted a private funeral.
His father, Tom Evans, reportedly sat next to a small white casket as the funeral procession passed the supporters.
Alfie Evans' nearly two years long battle against his neurodegenerative disorder came to an end on April 28 as he succumbed to his disease.
The infant, whose parents were advised to take him off life support, brought his supporters across the world together on his funeral as they mourned the toddler, calling him a "warrior."
The 23-month-old toddler's case gained international attention after his parents initiated a legal battle against the medical team's advise to withdraw the child from life support.
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust reportedly sought a declaration that stated continued ventilatory support was "unkind and inhumane", however, Alfie's parents, Kate James and Thomas Evans, resisted the application.
Applause as Alfie Evans’s funeral procession passes along Walton Lane. Many people here are in tears. One woman said: “I’m so proud of them” pic.twitter.com/FGQsVE56C1— Lorna Hughes (@lorna_hughes) May 14, 2018
Alfie's casket on Monday was adorned with floral tributes reading "Our Hero" on top, while his coffin had images of toy soldier and an Everton FC crest with the words "Alfie's Army," according to the Mirror.
Several mourners, present for the infant's last ride, reportedly wore t-shirts with a picture of Alfie with a message that read: "The boy who brought the world together".
Reports state that dozens of mourners had gathered around Everton's Goodison Park ground in advance on Monday morning as they left tributes at the base of the Dixie Dean statue, according to Liverpool Echo.
The mourners present were reportedly invited to line the procession route for Alfie's funeral, which was attended by family and friends.
Reports state that other vehicles participating in the process contained tributes shaped like animals and flowers which spelt out the words "son", "grandson" and "nephew."
Balloons, photos, cards and a bow have been placed in tribute to Alfie Evans outside Goodison Park. More than 100 people are here already - waiting to show his family how much they care, and to pay respects, as the funeral cortège passes by. pic.twitter.com/qg6qgVBQg5— Rob Smith (@robsmithitv) May 14, 2018
The procession also had two supporters of Alfie's -- mothers Candice Cadette, 30, and Cherrelle Bright, 31 -- who traveled from Manchester to Liverpool to attend the event.
"He was an amazing little boy with so much courage. We just all need to come together to support him and his family and show that they're not alone. He's stolen everyone's heart and I feel like he's our family. It's devastating," Candice told Mirror, referring to the infant.
"If it was one of my children it would mean so much to me that people were supporting me and keeping his spirit alive," she added.
The parents failed their bid to continue life support for their child and doctors at the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool stopped providing life-support treatment Alfie last month. The couple reportedly lost their legal battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.