Saving Our Babies . . .

It is becoming a ‘normal’ thing in the UK, this allowing babies to die by removing them from life support. The parents of these children find countries and hospitals that will take their babies and give them a chance yet the UK courts and doctors won’t let this happen. They are treating their populations like subjects rather than citizens.

It is hard to understand the continuing mind set. Why would the UK doctors and courts take away the parental rights? It isn’t cost because good people have provided money for the court case and helping them transport the child to a another country and welcoming hospital. Could it be the UK doctors are afraid another medical facility might find a cause that they have failed to diagnosed? Last I read, Alfie Evans doesn’t even have a solid diagnosis yet after all that time on life support.

Now, another, Baby Isaiah, has been removed from life support and three hours later (at this writing) is still breathing on his own. Wouldn’t that be a indication he might need more aggressive care than let a distraught family sit by his bed to see how long he lives before he leaves their arms here on earth?

And, let’s not forget little Charlie Gard who initially brought this all to public attention. When it looked like another diagnosis might have helped him, his case was kept in court until his health seemingly granted the doctors’ decision that he die.

This should be a wake up call to people in the United States and Canada that this sort of thing could easily become a norm here, too. Remember 15-year old Justina Pelletier who was held against her and her families wishes at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Meanwhile, we have to remember all the children who are sick and need medical care and that the doctors in charge of the cases have compassion and respect the choices made by the families.

Life Is Precious Until The Courts Say No

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.