Charlie Gard supporters are rallying round the family of a seriously ill little boy as his parents face a battle with medics to keep him alive.

Tiny Alfie Evans in being treated at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and suffers from a mystery condition staff are struggling to diagnose.

The 14-month-old family are hoping to find pioneering treatment for their little boy abroad.

Alfie has been in in a coma in the hospital’s intensive care ward since last December, and suffers
regular seizures.

Dad Tom Evans, 20, from Bootle, said the death of baby Charlie had come as a devastating blow, and described how he held his own son tight and burst into tears after he heard the news.

As in the Charlie Gard case, doctors have warned they may have to take legal action as Tom will not let them switch off Alfie’s life support.

Tom and Alfie’s mum, Kate James, have not yet faced a court battle like and are hopeful it will not come to that after more than a dozen American hospitals said they might be able to help.

Tom said: “I’m pleading for help from anywhere now. I’ve been getting in touch with lots of hospitals, and I’ve had a particularly positive response from one in Miami, which has received Alfie’s details.”

He added: “I’m heartbroken for Charlie’s parents. There’s no words to understand what his parents have gone through, but they can be so proud of what they’ve done for their son.

“I’m worried because I think Charlie might have had more of a chance than my son, who doesn’t even have a diagnosis - I’m worried about Alder Hey doing the same.

“When I heard about Charlie I just held Alfie as tight as I could, cuddled him and cried my eyes out.”

More than 22,000 people have now joined the “Alfie’s Army” page on Facebook, with thousands of pounds also donated to a fundraising page.

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