A Dundee mum has arranged a peaceful vigil in support of Alfie Evans.
Alfie, who doctors say has a degenerative neurological condition, was taken off life-support treatment at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool on Monday.
On Wednesday, Alfie’s parents Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, failed in an 11th-hour attempt to take the 23-month-old to a foreign hospital for treatment.
Rachel, who turns 31 tomorrow, told the Tele: “A peaceful demonstration will take place on Saturday at 4pm, in Dundee’s City Square, in support of Alfie Evans and his family.
“I hope that people of all ages, all walks of life and families will attend to unite in our support of this child and his parents.
“Through this event I hope to raise awareness of the case and gather together people who believe that what is happening is a great injustice.”
Earlier this week a vigil supporting Alfie took place on Dundee Law, and Rachel is keen to ensure Saturday’s event passes off peacefully.
The mum of two, who is married to Calum, added: “I believe that Alfie’s right to life and proper care and his parents’ rights to make decisions for their child have not been respected or upheld.
“I’m a mother of two young boys myself and I cannot imagine the nightmare that these parents are living through.
“This has been taken to court several times now and not once has the reasonable plea of the parents been listened to.
“Instead, the courts have decided that this child must die. Alfie has been granted Italian citizenship and there is an aircraft waiting to take him to a hospital in Italy, which is willing to continue caring for him.
“However, our High Court has ruled that he is not allowed to go, that he is not allowed to leave the hospital and there are police officers guarding the hospital to make sure his parents cannot remove their own child.
“Along with hundreds of thousands of people in this country and so many more from around the world who are following this case, I believe a serious injustice and violation of human and parental rights is taking place.
“Now all we can do is gather together supporters to show Alfie’s family and the government that we do not agree with the court’s decisions.
“We believe that he should have the right to leave Alder Hey Hospital as his parents wish and be given the care that is being offered him.
“If you can attend this demonstration on Saturday, please bring blue balloons and banners with statements which show our support for Alfie.
“This will be a peaceful, family event, so please be respectful of this and the fact their will be children attending.”
For more information, go to the Facebook event page set up by Rachel.