Alfie Evans, UK toddler at center of legal battle, dies

Alfie Evans, a terminally ill British toddler whose case drew attention from Pope Francis and others around the world, has died, his parents announced Saturday morning.

Parents Kate James and Tom Evans wrote on Facebook that they were “heartbroken” that they had lost their son.

Alfie, just short of 2 years old, had an incurable degenerative brain condition and was at the center of a legal battle over his treatment.

Doctors said further treatment was futile and recommended that Alfie be allowed to die, but his parents — backed by the pope and Christian groups — fought for months to take him to a hospital in Italy so he could be kept on life support.

The hospital withdrew Alfie’s life support Monday after a series of court rulings sided with doctors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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