I’m sure you have heard of Charlie Gard, the not-yet-1year old child with a very rare condition which almost certainly will result in death…
…but who the British “health care system” (that goes in quotation marks for this blog) refused to allow to be taken to the USA, where a doctor, with an expermental treatment that might have helped little Charlie, was waiting to give him care.
In other words, the British “health care” system” insisted that, instead of having little chance of living, Charlie had no chance at all and would die.
Given that ugly “victory”, you’d think the grieving parents would at least be allowed to take Charlie home so he could die among the people who love him.
But if you did think that, you’d be wrong.
From Ed Morrissey’s article at hotair.com:
Connie Yates and Chris Gard’s legal fight for their son Charlie reached a tragic, but consistent, and in this case all but unavoidable end earlier today.
A British judge ruled Thursday that terminally ill baby Charlie Gard can be transferred to a hospice, marking the end of a months-long legal battle centered on the infant’s right to life.
The 11-month-old’s life-support machines will be turned off shortly after he is moved following the ruling at the High Court in London. Judge Nicholas Francis has banned the identification of the hospice or any of the medical staff treating Charlie.
Chris Gard and Connie Yates, Charlie’s parents, were seeking permission to let him die at home, but they gave up on that after objections from the judge who worried about the practical implications for a patient with complex care needs. Charlie has a degenerative genetic disorder that has left him unable to move. He needs a ventilator to breathe.
Gard and Yates had also petitioned for a delay in the removal of the life-support system to give them a few more days with their child. That also got denied, and the judge set a timetable for the transfer and removal of support.
How badly does the British “health care” system want this child to die?
You just read the information above. You tell me.
That, folks, is single-payer, government-run health care at its finest.
Please remember Charlie Gard as you listen to the USA health care debate…and make your decisions about it accordingly.