Nurse Gave Alfie Evans Four Unidentified Drugs. Two Hours Later He Died.
A new report in an Italian newspaper claims that a nurse gave Alfie Evans four unidentified drugs just two hours before his death. The newspaper indicates Alfie’s vital signs were strong in the hours before his death but that the nurse gave him four drugs while his father Tom was out of the room and his mother Kate was half asleep. Another family member was in the room at the time.
There is no indication as to what the drugs were but Alfie’s vital signs began to diminish just 30 minutes after the drugs were administered. As La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana reports (translated from Italian):
So, to silence the press, the hospital promised Thomas more oxygen and more vital support. Two hours before dying the oxygen saturation was about 98 and Alfie’s beats were about 160, so much so that Thomas was convinced that they would let him go home soon (as the hospital administration told him on Friday afternoon) . Before dying, while Thomas had gone out for a moment, leaving Kate half-awake and another family member in the room, a nurse entered and explained that he would give the baby four drugs (no one knows what) to treat him. After about 30 minutes the saturation dropped to 15. Two hours later Alfie was dead.
The report also interviews the head of the Italian hospital that had planned to take Alfie before British courts eviscerated the idea. The scientific director of the Bambin Gesù Hospital, Bruno Dalla Dallapiccola, is quoted as saying he thinks the lack of food and water during the first day after Alfie’s life support was removed contributed to his death as well as the lack of proper oxygen.
The report also indicates that Alfie immediately contracted “a lung infection” after life support was removed and that Alfie’s father requested but was denied antibiotics to combat that. It also alleges that the breathing tubes were yanked in a way that caused damage or stress to Alfie’s body:
This is why Alfie, as he had told Thomas an Italian doctor with whom he was in contact, would need immediate antibiotic therapy that was denied. Yet despite all this, the baby breathed anyway without any help for hours, since doctors had also denied him the mask necessary to help his breathing, however autonomous.
But, once again, the doctors tried to deprive the child of the mask too, with the excuse that it did not come from the Alder Hey. And twice they gave orders to disengage it, until Thomas pointed out that the death protocol approved by Judge Hayden spoke neither of oxygen deprivation nor of suspension of nutrition. For the same reason Thomas has obtained that the small one, deprived of nutrition for a good 36 hours, was fed. Yes, Alfie was left without food for 36 hours, a very long time for such a small child, whose heart had already sustained a huge effort after the violent removal of ventilation without weaning.
As the well-known geneticist and scientific director of the Bambin Gesù Hospital, Bruno Dalla Dallapiccola, had written , “little Alfie will not be able to last long without the supply of nutritional substances through a drip. Without the nutritional intake, in fact, survival can vary from a few hours to a few days “. Of course “the duration of survival is conditioned by the patient’s starting conditions”, although in the case of Alfie “we can not say with certainty”. In any case, Dallapiccola concluded, “regardless of whether the baby continues to breathe independently, now the lack of nutritional intake represents an emergency”.
Alfie, already fatigued and subjected to violent treatments, was deprived of all the antibiotic necessary to treat the infection and then of food and oxygen for too many hours.
In fact, officials at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital waited 28 hours before finally feeding the 23-month old boy. Alfie’s Father Tom Evans confirmed at the time that his son was finally being fed after over 24 hours but he condemned hospital officials for waiting so long to finally get him the nutrition he needs.
“They only started feeding him at one ‘o’clock yesterday. It’s disgusting how he’s being treated,” Evans said. “Not even an animal would be treated like this. He’s proving them wrong. It’s time to give him some grace and dignity and let him go home or to Italy.”
Alfie’s father Tom Evans spent the last 10 minutes of the 23-month-old little boys life desperately trying to revive him with mouth to mouth.
Since Alfie’s death, a leading Catholic cardinal is among those defending the courts and hospitals. Britain’s leading Catholic official has praised the staff of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for how it treated Alfie Evans even though it fought to yank his life support over his parents’ consent and withheld food and water for over 24 hours after it won a court order to remove the life support. This is the same hospital that was once embroiled in a controversy surrounding the selling of children’s organs after surgery.
Meanwhile, as LifeNews reported, British prime minister Theresa May defended the hospital. She argued that medical experts ought to be the ones to make decisions in such cases as opposed to parents and family.