I’m sure that many tears are being shed today around the world as the parents of baby Charlie Gard have announced that they are giving up the fight to save their son.
The lawyer for Charlie’s parents, Grant Armstrong, gave the sad news to the media this morning, “Sadly time has run out. For Charlie it is too late. The parents’ worst fears have been confirmed.”
Because the British government and London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital have fought Charlie’s parents for the last five months, his condition has progressed too far for even the most experimental treatments to offer hope.
Last week, the leading expert in the mitochondrial disease that Charlie has been fighting, met with the family in London to examine Baby Charlie. Sadly, while the advanced treatments in the United States could have helped Charlie months ago, the latest MRI scan showed that the disease had progressed too far for the treatments to work.
Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, tearfully explained in court this morning, “We only wanted to give him a chance of life. A whole lot of time has been wasted.” Indeed, if the Great Ormond Street Hospital had simply allowed the parents to seek treatment in the United States 5 months ago, Charlie may actually be in recovery today. If the government would have allowed the parents to exercise their rights as Charlie’s parents at any time over the last 5 months… even up until 2 or 3 weeks ago… baby Charlie’s prognosis may have been better than it is today.
Instead, the Great Ormond Street Hospital has committed treason against the medical profession and brought severe harm to their patient and his family. The British government has failed to perform its most basic function and protect one of its most innocent and helpless citizens. The European Union has failed and has made Europe an even darker and uglier place, by choosing death over life.
The head of the hospital’s legal team, Katie Gallop, made their position clear when she said, “There is significant harm if what the parents want for Charlie comes into effect. … The significant harm is a condition of existence which is offering the child no benefit.” Of course, she is WRONG. The hospital’s position argues that DEATH is preferable to LIFE, and this is simply not the case. Leading bioethicist, Dr. John Haas made a strong argument that the hospital “immorally usurped” the rights of Charlie’s parents to protect their child. “If the parents had actually become abusive of the child, custody could be removed from them and the child would become a ward of the state with the state making decisions on its behalf. But that is not the case here,” Haas said. Haas rightly continued, that it is up to the patient to decide what might be “significant harm,” and that in the case of a baby like Charlie, that decision falls to his parents. Sadly, the hospital usurped that right and robbed the parents of their moral imperative to defend their son. Even worse, they have robbed Charlie of the most precious gift of all, LIFE.
Great Ormond Street Hospital and the British and European courts just conspired to murder Baby Charlie Gard… and they are going to get away with it.
What horrible news.