ALFIE Evans’s dad has proudly showed off his new baby son Thomas, a year after his firstborn’s life support was switched off.
Thomas attended his first football match yesterday as he watched Everton beat Arsenal at Goodison Park.
Dad Tom Evans, 22, looked smitten with his baby boy, who was dressed in full Everton kit and an adorable pom-pom hat.
The 39,400 fans in the stadium, in Walton Liverpool, applauded and cheered as Tom arrived before kick-off.
The dad paid tribute to Alfie before the match, writing on Instagram: “#Allbecauseofalfie today Thomas made his debut at Goodison Park.
“And he got to meet the players and manager… he had a lovely day and stayed awake through the whole game.”
Thomas’s big brother Alfie died after a harrowing legal battle fought by his parents last year.
Alfie was born in May 2016 and for the first six months of his life appeared a healthy and happy little boy, but doctors later diagnosed him with rare GABA transaminase deficiency – and revealed the heartbreaking news that there was nothing more they could do for him.
A series of courts agreed with doctors’ decisions, prompting desperate Tom and girlfriend Kate James, 21, to campaign for him to be kept on life support in the hope he could be taken abroad for life-saving experimental treatment.
Tom even met with Pope Francis who supported the couple’s fight for their son – but ultimately his life support machine was switched off.
Kate fell pregnant with Thomas during the legal battle.
Thomas has been tested and does not carry the same genes as Alfie.
Tom was bestowed with the Chairman’s Blueblood Award last year, an annual award given to individuals who Everton chairman Bill Kenwright believes “embody the Evertonian spirit”.
He told the Sunday Mirror: “Thomas is Alfie’s double, the resemblance is amazing.
“When we see Thomas pull a face he looks like Alfie, we feel that in a way we have them both with us.
“He’s such a happy baby, he does nothing but smile.
“I had a great connection with Alfie and I feel like I’ve got the same with Thomas.”
A £140,000 fund originally raised for sick Alfie will now be spent on helping other ill children.