Does anyone remember little Charlie Gard? He was a British child in a UK hospital. He was never truly diagnosed but when the parents wanted to transfer him to specialists in the United States and some other countries who invited the family there to see what could possibly be done, the courts took over the case and made the decision to stop life support successfully overruling any parental rights.
Soon after Charlie Gard’s death, another case came to light and, again, the parents of Alfie Evans have been fighting relentlessly with the courts and hospital to have their child transferred to a medical facility that would review his case and possibly help him. Videos have shown the child reacting to his father’s voice, touch, and attention. After days of video footage and testimony from the parents of Alfie, the court has ruled in removing life support.
You have to wonder about a doctor that is so prideful of his control that he can’t let the parents transfer their child to another facility that might have the answer to his problems. What should it matter to the stubborn medical staff in the UK whether the parents want to seek second opinions or not. What kind of undercurrent is going through that medical system that a doctor can determine your baby’s day of death because he says it is useless when other hospitals in the world have opened their doors and hearts to this young family.
Even a hardened criminal often gets a stay of execution but a helpless child is going to have to be deprived of life because a doctor and seemingly flawed justice system doesn’t have an ounce of justice for this young couple and their baby. I guess that in the UK you can have children but you can’t make decisions for them.