Reacting to the tragic news of the death of toddler Alfie Evans, Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said:
“The whole of Liverpool, along with supporters from around the world, will share the pain and grief Alfie’s family are feeling today. They are not alone and I wish to share the most heartfelt support and prayers from my family, myself and my wife Marg, and all my children and grandchildren.
“Alfie’s case is every parent’s worst nightmare and the most heart wrenching situation anyone could ever face. That said, no-one could ever doubt the resolve and commitment of Tom and Kate to fight for their son. Their dedication and love for Alfie is beyond doubt and it has made the situation unbearable to watch.
“In recent days and weeks I have been in touch with Alfie’s family and we remain ready to help in any way we can.
“This is one of the saddest and most difficult cases I have ever known. It has raised serious questions about how we care for severely sick children and none of the answers can make us feel entirely comfortable.
“Having experienced the traumatic, tragic circumstances of a child, my nephew, dying of cancer, my family has had great need of Alder Hey over the years. I know that our city is lucky to have one of the world’s leading centres for children’s medical care, provided by committed and dedicated nurses and doctors.
“The issues raised by Alfie’s case are complex and the judgements are finely balanced. Professionally, and ethically, Alder Hey and all its staff have acted with the interests of Alfie first and foremost and we must recognise and respect their work. Everyone involved has had one objective – to provide the best possible care for an extremely sick child.
“In the meantime my thoughts and prayers – and those of everyone in Liverpool – are with Alfie’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.”