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22 May 2018
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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Alfie Evans

The case of young Alfie brings home the reality of how lucky we all truly are simply to be alive.

I am touched by the fact that Alfie Evans has survived being removed from life support, and is breathing on his own. That is not only excellent news for Alfie and his loved ones, but also for similar cases that will undoubtedly arise in the future. It brings great hope for those in the worst of plights.

However, I find myself deeply appalled by the protestors outside Alder Hey Hospital, and those on social media. Far too many people have suggested that the hospital be taken by force, including by taking doctors hostage. Violence, as nearby Warrington knows all too well, is never the answer.

I am also saddened by the number of people resorting to personal insults against the judges in the case, Alfie's medical team and those who agree with their work. Just because somebody does not like your point does not give you the right to call them every name under the sun.

Finally, I would also remind people that just because they've read one side of the argument on social media, they are not qualified to make any form of judgement on the matter. None of us are able to, without examining Alfie and having credentials in the field of medicine.

This is a case with very few answers, and even less precedents in regard to undiagnosed conditions. I have a great deal of respect for all parties involved, including Alfie's parents, the doctors and nurses at Alder Hey who perform miracles every day, and all involved in the judicial process.

At the end of the day, it is far too easy to forget that, at the heart of this case, a young boy is seriously ill. I would urge protestors to be mindful of other patients, and to remain peaceful. I truly hope for nothing more than Alfie's best interests to be served.

With love,
Connor Gurney

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