Alfie Evans' parents welcome a baby boy months after death of their son
The Liverpool couple is delighted with their new arrival. He’s doing a great job of giving them something to focus on while they grieve.
Alfie Evans' parents reportedly welcomed a baby boy in August, nearly four months after the couple battled to keep their 23-month-old son alive, who eventually died from a neurodegenerative disease. Reports state that 20-year-old Katie James gave birth to a boy named Thomas after his 21-year-old father Tom Evans. The Liverpool couple had been in news throughout the year for their quest to keep their little Alfie alive.
The tragic case of Alfie, who died in April after spending more than a year in the hospital, attracted widespread media attention. The child's parents were involved in a legal battle with a medical team after their disagreement about whether to maintain the baby's life support or to withdraw it. However, the baby died months later from the from degenerative brain disease after a court ruled that his life support be switched off. James reportedly gave birth to little Thomas on August 8, and the infant is believed to be doing very well.
A source, while talking to the Sun, said: "Kate and Tom have been to hell and back over the past 12 months as they battled in vain to keep Alfie alive. They tried everything they could and it tore them apart. They have been left devastated by Alfie’s passing, but also vowed that they would carry on living for their son and are determined his death won’t break them."
"Kate knew she was pregnant in Alfie’s final few weeks and wanted to keep it quiet so she could give her all to Alfie. She and Tom are delighted with their new arrival. He’s doing a great job of giving them something to focus on while they grieve. It’s obviously tinged with sadness though as they know Alfie would have been a fantastic big brother if only he’d managed to survive," the source said.
Reports state that James and Evans are carriers of a rare gene which sparked Alfie's illness. This had led to fears that the newborn could also inherit the same condition as Alfie. However, the three-week-old infant has reportedly cleared a series of tests in hospitals and his parents are "very relieved" that their child is safe.
Earlier this week, Evans had written an emotional post on Facebook, dedicating it to his late son. "4 months today you gained your wings buddie. The pain and heartache gets worse everyday. I love you so so much and Miss you the world. Until we meet again buddie I love you forever," Evans had written in his post on Thursday.
Alfie reportedly died 100 hours after his life support was switched off. The hours in the middle had given his family hope that he may be able to pull through. However, his father later announced his death on April 28 on Facebook, saying: "My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings. Absolutely heartbroken. I love you my guy."