July 24, 2017

Some very sad news from Great Britain: the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard have given up their legal fight to free him from a “pull-the-plug” order and bring him to the US for an experimental treatment for his neurological disorder. After examining the child, the American specialist who developed the treatment broke the news that his muscular atrophy was too advanced and is irreversible, so the treatment would do no good.

There will be those who argue that maybe that wouldn’t be the case if he’d received the treatment sooner, but that’s impossible to say for certain. But at least it would have saved his parents the agony of not only seeing their child suffering but having to fight multiple layers of government just to try to get him help. The only thing that can be said for sure about this heartbreaking story is that it made it abundantly clear that decisions about life-saving medical treatments for small children should be made by parents, and in a timely manner. Even if giving Charlie treatment earlier couldn’t have helped him, there are other children who might benefit, and they would likely be blocked by NHS bureaucracy, too. The role of doctors in determining how to treat a child should be advisory, and the role of bean-counting bureaucrats, judges and UN functionaries should be nonexistent.

It’s tragic that Charlie can’t be saved. But if this sad and disturbing story causes both Europeans and some Americans to rethink their misguided fantasies about how wonderful government health care is, then maybe countless lives will be saved in the future.


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  • Wynona Roberts Burgstiner

    07/25/2017 09:16 AM

    This is the classic way government should not be in charge of anyone's health care decisions. The Democrat Party members who advocate keeping Obamacare should be forced to have this case pointed out to them in detail until they get the message. The citizens of the US do not need the government telling us what we can or cannot do with our personal healthcare. Plus as individuals we do not need to tell someone else what they need for themselves and their families by supporting government controlled single payer care. If the Congressional and Senate members are willing to advocate that 55% of their income go to healthcare and the welfare state, as it is in many European nations, and risk losing their jobs then so be it. Repeal Obamacare completely.

  • Yanira Dunagan

    07/25/2017 12:27 AM

    Praying for this parents??

  • Nancy A. North-Gates

    07/24/2017 07:19 PM

    RIP Charlie. I pray for his parents. I lost a child who was 3 1/2 months old so I know about grief. May the angels in heaven sing Charlie to his eternal rest.

  • Penny B

    07/24/2017 03:02 PM

    So tragic. What a beautiful child. Praying for his journey n his parents. Can't even imagine going through something like this. All's we can say n know God understands.

  • Linda Heath

    07/24/2017 02:56 PM

    Indeed. Government has absolutely no place in anyone personal care directives. I do believe the sole reason this government wants to run our health care is so they can collect all the premiums and misuse them like they misuse/squander/steal the money. It's all about the Benjamin's.