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The funeral of Alfie Evans in pictures

The funeral of Alfie Evans in pictures

Hundreds of people have lined the streets of Liverpool to pay their respects to toddler Alfie Evans on the day of his funeral.

Alfie, who was born in May 2016, was first admitted to Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital in December of that year after suffering seizures, and had been a patient ever since.

His fight for survival touched the hearts of millions as his parents battled to keep him alive by attempting to take him to Italy for treatment.

The well-wishers broke into applause as the funeral cortege passed Everton football club's Goodison Park stadium, on its way to a private burial nearby.

The little boy, from Bootle in Merseyside, died last month after a very public battle against a degenerative brain condition.

The funeral of Alfie Evans in pictures
The funeral of Alfie Evans in pictures

A private funeral for toddler Alfie Evans will be held later.

Evans, a Catholic, and the boy's mother, Kate James, wanted to take Alfie out of the United Kingdom after doctors at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital said they could do no more to help the child, and a High Court judge ruled that it was in Alfie's best interests to die. Kate James and Tom Evans said their son's death had left them "heartbroken".

The crowd applauded and some threw flowers as the procession made its way slowly up the road.

Alfie's father Tom had spoken of his hopes to take his son to watch the Blues in action.

In February, a High Court judge ruled that doctors could stop providing life support for Alfie, against his parents' wishes, saying the child required "peace, quiet and privacy". Inside a hearse, Alfie's coffin was decorated with images of toy soldiers and the Everton logo.