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 welcome a baby boy months after death of their son

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.

Balloons being prepared to release in memory of Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey Hospital after terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans died at 2:30am this morning on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England. Alfie's life support was withdrawn on Monday after his parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, fought a long legal battle to stop the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, north-west England, from turning off his ventilator.
Balloons being prepared to release in memory of Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey Hospital after terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans died at 2:30am this morning on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England. Alfie's life support was withdrawn on Monday after his parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, fought a long legal battle to stop the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, north-west England, from turning off his ventilator.

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."

Tom Evans, Father of Alfie Evans, holds a photograph of his son as he speaks to media outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital on April 26, 2018 in Liverpool, England. Tom Evans the father of seriously ill, 23-month-old, Alfie Evans has said he will meet with doctors to discuss taking his son home. The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling preventing Alfie's parents taking their son for treatment to Italy.
Tom Evans, Father of Alfie Evans, holds a photograph of his son as he speaks to media outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital on April 26, 2018 in Liverpool, England. Tom Evans the father of seriously ill, 23-month-old, Alfie Evans has said he will meet with doctors to discuss taking his son home. The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling preventing Alfie's parents taking their son for treatment to Italy.

"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.

People protest outside Alder Hey Hospital where terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans is being cared for on April 13, 2018 in Liverpool, England. Tom Evans and Kate James, the parents of Alfie, are preparing a fresh request to Court of Appeal judges to allow Alfie Evans to continue to receive treatment at the Bambino Gesu hospital in Italy.
People protest outside Alder Hey Hospital where terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans is being cared for on April 13, 2018 in Liverpool, England. Tom Evans and Kate James, the parents of Alfie, are preparing a fresh request to Court of Appeal judges to allow Alfie Evans to continue to receive treatment at the Bambino Gesu hospital in Italy.

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."