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Friday, June 30, 2017

Matt Walsh: Courts in Europe have sentenced a baby to death. This is socialized medicine.

There’s a horrific case over in the U.K. that hasn’t gotten a ton of attention here, but it should. If we look closely, we may see our future — and our present.

Charlie Gard is a 10-month-old baby who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. It’s a horrendous condition that leads to organ malfunction, brain damage, and other symptoms. The hospital that had been treating the boy, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, made the determination that nothing more can be done for him and he must be taken off of life support. He should “die with dignity,” they said. The parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, disagreed.

This is the very crucial thing to understand: they are not insisting that GOSH be forced to keep Charlie on life support. Rather, they want to take him out of the hospital and to America to undergo a form of experimental therapy that a doctor here had already agreed to administer. Chris and Connie raised over $1.6 million to fund this last ditch effort to save their child’s life. All they needed the British hospital to do was release their child into their care, which doesn’t seem like a terribly burdensome request. They would then leave the country and try their luck with treatment here. However slim the chance of success may have been, it was better than just sitting by and watching their baby die.



Anonymous said...

Isn't the hospital kidnapping the child, too?

Anonymous said...

Here's an opportunity to further medical research with the full consent of parents, and all financial arrangements are covered, but government says no? Something might be gained to explore this disease and prevent others from suffering with it.

Anonymous said...

Waste of money. Happens in the states too. Keeping babies alive that would not have survived days, weeks or months 50 years ago. Majority die within a few years after millions spent keeping them alive.

Anonymous said...

Could you share the links to the medical journals you got your information from?

Anonymous said...

This just covers from 1983 forward.

Decrease of 40-50% during time period for mortality.

Anonymous said...

The title is misleading. He sounds very sickly and his chances are very low. Years ago he would not have had amy chance.