Friday, June 30, 2017
Do American Citizens Want This Type Of Health Care?
EVIL: European Court Of Human Rights Sentences 10-Month-Old Sick Baby To Die, Won't Let Parents Come To US For Possible Life-Saving Treatment
He’s a terminally ill 10-month-old baby who has now been sentenced to death by
the European Court on Human Rights – an Orwellian organization if ever there
has been one – which determined that while his parents wanted to take him to the
United States for a long-shot potentially life-saving treatment, they could not.
Instead, the Court ruled, the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children would
withdraw all life support, killing Charlie. What was the Court’s justification?
Charlie had to “die with dignity.”
Charlie suffers from a mitochondrial disease that destroys the muscles and the
brain. There was no available treatment in the United Kingdom, and so Charlie’s
parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, raised $1.6 million to fly him to the
United States for an experimental treatment. But the hospital argued that the
treatment wouldn’t help Charlie, and would prolong his suffering, and that they
knew better than the parents who had to suffer through his illness and care for
him every single day. Thus, the hospital argued that it would be in Charlie’s best
interest to die.
UK courts agreed. The Gards appealed to the EU. And now the court has ruled
against them, with the ECHR stating, “Charlie would suffer significant harm if
his present suffering was prolonged without any realistic prospect of improvement,
and the experimental therapy would be of no effective benefit.”
The hospital issued its own perverse statement:
Our thoughts are with Charlie’s parents on receipt of this news that we know will be very distressing for them. Today’s decision by the European Court of Human Rights marks the end of what has been a very difficult process and our priority is to provide every possible support to Charlie’s parents as we prepare for the next steps.
Despite the hospital’s statement that it would not immediately change his
standard of care, his parents now report that the hospital will withdraw his life
We begged them to give us the weekend. Friends and family wanted to come and see Charlie for the last time. But now there isn’t even time for that. Doctors said they would not rush to turn off his ventilator but we are being rushed. Not only are we not allowed to take our son to an expert hospital to save his life, we also can’t choose how or when our son dies.
There are several levels to the perversity here.
First, for all the talk of the evils of the American system of healthcare, at least we
promote freedom of choice – and give as many options to people for their care
as they can afford. As the doctor who offered experimental treatment stated in