Heartbroken members of Alfie’s Army believe they’ve found the little boy’s face in the sky, looking down at the balloon release yesterday, (April 28).
Thousands of people turned up to the memorial for Alfie, which was also attended by family members, to release balloons into the sky as a tribute to the toddler.
They chanted Alfie’s name and sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, while consoling one another, before releasing the balloons into the sky.
The moment was recorded by dozens of people who attended, and some supporters even believe one particular image shows Alfie’s face ‘looking down’ from the clouds.
The image was shared to a Facebook page called ‘Alfie’s Army Official’, which resulted in people commenting how they could see the young boy’s face.
One commenter wrote:
awww look… little Alfie looking down on his army, God love him. x. [sic]
Addressing the crowd yesterday, Alfie’s aunt, Sarah Evans, said:
I just want to thank you all for coming today. Our gorgeous little warrior took his last breath at 2.30 this morning. Our hearts are broken.
We are absolutely shattered as a family. Thomas [Alfie’s dad] just wants to thank you all for the support you’ve all shown. There’s only one Alfie Evans.
Hundreds of balloons have been released at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in memory of 23-month-old Alfie Evans. The toddler died in the early hours of this morning. #AlfieEvans #AlderHey #AlfiesArmy pic.twitter.com/hg0LTgtZRt
— Adam McClean (@AdamMcCleanITV) April 28, 2018
Alfie died in the early hours of Saturday morning, five days after his life support was switched off.
Tom wrote a statement on Facebook, saying:
My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30, absolutely heartbroken. I LOVE YOU MY GUY.
The parents of Alfie didn’t attend the memorial at the park.
— martyn toft (@martyntoft) April 28, 2018
Recently, up to 200 people had been protesting outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after European human rights judges rejected a plea, from his mom and dad, to intervene.
Alfie, just 23-months-old, had been fighting for his life since 2016, when he contracted a chest infection, triggering a spiral of different illnesses.
After being taken to hospital for treatment of his chest infection, Alfie began having severe epileptic seizures and was diagnosed with bronchitis, the common cold, a chest infection, RSV [respiratory syncytial virus], pneumonia and two other illnesses which left him exhausted.
At the beginning of 2017, Alfie’s parents were told he’d only have hours to live, but he defied all expectations and fought off three infections.
Despite ‘coming off life support three times’ and managing to take breaths here and there, the parents claimed doctors at Alder Hey Hospital suggested it was best to switch off Alfie’s life support machine.
In a Facebook post at the time, Thomas said:
Doctors tried pushing us into turning off his life-support machine, but we refused then and always will.
We stayed with him all day and night, sang to him, loved him, kissed him, hugged him and begged him to stay! From that day he has fought and is still here.
He has continually defied all odds, and proven Drs and nurses wrong about him surviving and is still fighting! We still get asked by doctors removing his life-support machine but he can fight, and he does so come of it in his own time. [sic]
If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.