Alfie Evans’ family have begged supporters not to fall for ‘nasty rumours’ circulating about the toddler’s death.
Alfie died at the weekend from an undiagnosed brain condition after a long and bitter court battle between doctors and his parents about his care.
The courts ruled in the hospital’s favour and he was taken off life support against his parents’ wishes last week, dying several days later at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
His family had wanted to fly him to Rome for more treatment – and Alfie’s dad Tom even met the Pope during his campaign.
Now bombshell reports in Italian media have made ‘untrue’ claims about the 23-month-old toddler’s care in the days and hours before his death.
It was reported Alfie had been denied vital end-of-life treatment normally afforded to patients in their dying hours.
It was also claimed in some Italian Catholic media, which Mirror Online is choosing not to name, Alfie was refused medication for an infection.
But family members have hit back against ‘nasty rumours’.
Alfie’s aunt Sarah Evans wrote in the Alfie’s Army Facebook group on the night one Italian article was published: "I have been asked to mention on behalf of Tom and Kate (his parents)… that there are nasty rumours going about that are not true and we ask that you don’t listen to them."
Others have joined too in a chorus of criticism.
Pro-life activist Caroline Farrow wrote on Twitter that she had been told by an Alfie’s Army administrator the Italian claims were "untrue and causing the family great distress".
It comes as Alfie’s dad Tom appeared in public for the first time since his son’s death as he accepted an award at Everton’s end-of-season presentation.
The special award was handed out by chairman Bill Kenwright, whom Mr Evans described as the "grandad I never had", to pay personal tribute to people he feels ’embody the Evertonian spirit’.
Mr Kenwright handed the Evans family a "massive donation" earlier this year when supporters hit a £10,000 target to challenge a High Court ruling that gave medics permission to switch his life support off.
Accepting the honour, Mr Evans gave an emotional speech in which he revealed he once dreamed Alfie would follow in the footsteps of England’s record goal-scorer Wayne Rooney in becoming a legend at Goodison Park.
Alfie’s aunt Sarah also recently begged supporters not to add halos and angel wings to photos of the youngster when they pay tribute to him on social media because the images were upsetting to mum Kate.
Supporters had been adding halos and wings to pictures of Alfie in Facebook tributes posted after he died in the early hours of Saturday.
Sarah wrote: "The pictures people are doing of Alfie with wings and halos saying R.I.P Alfie, it’s really upsetting Kate so if you want to have a picture of Alfie on your profiles that is fine but none of the above on them please.
"Thank you all for the flowers cards and love shown for Alfie our warrior is missed beyond belief."
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