A hopeful sign in the case of Charlie Gard

July 10, 2017

There's a hopeful sign in the case of Charlie Gard, the British infant whose parents were told by government health officials and a European court that he would be taken off of life support to die, even though they had raised money to take him to America for experimental treatment. The hospital originally said the treatment would do nothing but prolong the child’s pain, but they’ve now asked the court to re-hear the case. They claim to have been told more about the treatment and say they need the court to untie their hands if they are to reverse their decision.

I have a feeling this welcome reversal has less to do with any sudden new medical knowledge (you’d think they would have asked about the treatment before refusing it, since I believe they are doctors, after all) than with the wave of worldwide outrage over their trampling of the parents’ rights and their cold consignment of an innocent baby to death. Charlie’s mom credits the intervention of the Pope and President Trump with helping turn the tide. Let’s hope and pray that the hospital and court do the right thing and let the parents seek the last-ditch treatment for their baby. Maybe it is futile, but it’s their call. Doctors can advise parents on whether to seek such treatments, but it is not their place to make the final decision. And it’s certainly not the place of judges and government health bureaucrats.


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At a time when many Americans are pushing the US to adopt British-style national health care, this should be taken as a chilling warning of what happens when the state takes over medical decisions and budget constraints start impacting whether patients live or die. Proponents of that system scoffed at Sarah Palin’s term (“death panels”), but what’s the difference between that and the widespread policy in Europe that older and seriously ill patients have a “duty to die” to keep from burdening the system with the costs of keeping them alive? The attitude that decisions about our health reside with the state instead of with patients or parents is what seriously needs to die.

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  • Mackie Braden

    07/24/2017 05:45 PM

    Charlie is a sad case from every angle, but still I never read anything about the infant's pain and suffering, only about the parents. Granted, there's not much worse than losing a child, but Charlie was doomed to a brief life under the best of circumstances. He had MDDS, a very rare disorder that was very early onset, at two months.
    There is a treatment in the experimental stage that's had barely a few temporarily positive results. At best, his little life might be prolonged a few months. The baby could not support life alone, he couldn't even swallow. Who knows what Charlie felt?
    I don't mean to sound harsh or too clinical, but we Americans fight accepting the inevitability of death beyond reason it seems to me, no matter what age. We expect doctors to pull rabbits out of every hat, and that's an unreasonable expectation. Fighting to keep this child alive was wearing, and more pathetic by the day.

  • Diane Glenham

    07/12/2017 01:09 AM

    Amen! You are a real man of reasoning in a sea of idiots. Adore you and the work you do for us and our great country. God bless you and yours. Keep up the good work!

  • Susan Meyer

    07/11/2017 09:31 PM

    This child is a veritable political prisoner. I have heard it is not "protocol" for the Royal family to weigh in on matters of this type, but I truly cannot imagine Princess Diana standing by without saying or doing something.

  • F. Donald Parsons

    07/11/2017 09:03 PM

    As long as the profit motive drives health care, whether by insurance companies, medical groups, hospital groups, pharmaceutical corporations, medical equipment manufacturers, etc., there will be calls for "single payer" insurance as a control of SOME sort. Profit from sickness seems ugly. Earning a living? That's reasonable.

  • Phyllis Park

    07/11/2017 04:02 PM

    I completely agree. Praying for favor

  • Kenneth W. Lucas

    07/11/2017 03:39 PM

    How can any institution or society long survive when judgments by those whose expertise should be respected is constantly being called into question by persons guided only by emotion and ill-informed opinion?

  • Jackie Hinman

    07/11/2017 01:52 PM

    Amen! Agree with your insightful review of current events.

  • LILLIE BELLE KEITH WINTERS

    07/11/2017 01:49 PM

    ONLY GOD HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE ONES LIFE ! OTHERWISE IT'S MURDER !

  • Michelle Parker

    07/11/2017 01:39 PM

    I agree with you 100% Mike! I read your emails all the time and I am a big supporter. Thanks for all that you do.

  • Richard Peninger

    07/11/2017 12:58 PM

    The fact is, without the public exposure, and intervention by influencial people, such a person would simply be consigned to death by a government, presuming to be the final and unchallengeable authority. I try to tell liberals this everyday - but they will not listen. They are too in love with their star trek like global dream. As usual, liberals are very "liberal" with other people's money, and other people's lives - but not their own.

  • Muriel Reid

    07/11/2017 12:38 PM

    Dear Govenor Huckabee,
    Could I ask you to pray for our daughter Sarah, who is seeing a neurosurgeon at 1:00 pm today.
    She was diaganiosed with a glioma brain tumour on the frontal lobe of her brain.
    I know that you are a born again Christian, as we are, and also believe in the phenomenal power of prayer.
    Thank you, and God Bless your work.
    Muriel & Stanley Reid

  • Elizabeth Casto

    07/11/2017 12:34 PM

    Thanks Mike! Any good parent would fight for their child and whatever the outcome they should be able to have the peace of mind that they did all they could. It's shameful that a hospital or a court should make that decision like they are God which they are not! I am so thankful for all the people who take a stand for life.

  • Daniel T Winfield

    07/11/2017 10:50 AM

    All this noise about keeping baby Charlie alive make me wince. Do you, Mike, not believe in life after death? You want this baby to be kept on life support, brain damaged, unable to have any sort of life at all, even if an American hospital can keep it alive? What we are saying in all this is that life here and now is the only thing that counts. Do you not know that this brain damaged baby will end up in the arms of Jesus? Cmon, Mike, you're a Baptist. Instead of making this an issue about Big Brother Govt' ruling over us with death panels, why not stop to see what is absolutely the best thing for this little tyke. Clearly, his emotional parents are unable to see it.

  • Maria J. Kendrick

    07/11/2017 10:23 AM

    Mr. Huckabee..... finally some encouraging words about this little boy! It may be a futile move to bring him to the USA to try out the experimental treatment, but it is absolutely abhorrant that his parents are being denied this one last hope. I will tell you about my father's passing, in Italy, who could have been taken care of in a more aggressive manner, even if only to give him a little more time to allow my brother and I to reach him before his passing. We got to Italy one and a half days after his passing. We are still angry about it. Why? We found out the doctor (I had actually spoken to her and told her I was leaving for Italy from the US the next morning!) made the statement to other members of the family that "He has lived a good and long life" there is no need for heroics. He was not even put into a CCU when he suffered a minor heart attack that lead to a major one shortly after. I had asked the doctor to do everything possible..... my father had been asking for me...... Socialized medicine dictated otherwise..... We, here in the US, need to carefully listen to those of us who have been touched by socialized medicine and stop minimizing the actual danger of it...... we will all be touched by it, and, I am sure, the majority will not like what we have let happen.

  • Jim Hysong

    07/11/2017 10:19 AM

    What loving parents would not do everything they could to give their child a chance to live? Perhaps it is a low percentage "gamble", but at least they will have the assurance of knowing that they did everything they could, and don't have to live the rest of their lives not knowing whether Charlie might have lived "if only ...".

  • Gretchen Grant

    07/11/2017 09:44 AM

    The British health care system has been making these decisions for decades. My husband came to America in the early 60's seeking a better life. His mother visited every summer, but died before her last planned visit in 1977. Bypass surgery was, at that time, being done routinely in the states. My mother-in-law was not even considered for surgery in the U.K. Rather she was given pain medication for angina. We have no way of knowing if her age had anything to do with the decision not to have the surgery. She died just before her 65th birthday and three weeks before her visit to America. The health stories out of England and Canada are even worse today as we know from little Charlie's story. We tell our story to anyone who will listen, warning of the dangers of socialized medicine. Thank you Governor Huckabee for sharing your wisdom. May God richly bless you.

  • Lee Anne Worre Risk

    07/11/2017 09:41 AM

    Thank you! I'm grateful for your commitment to Judeo-Christian ethics. As a missionary living and ministering in Latin America for 37 years I do like your perspective. On nearly everything!

  • Patricia A Redman

    07/11/2017 09:19 AM

    This is wonderful news. I'm praying that something will be done to help this child and his parents. I definitely don't want that type of healthcare and government interference over here! Thank you, Mr. Huckabee for this encouraging news!

  • Laura Lee Bryce

    07/11/2017 09:18 AM

    It is terrifying where we are headed. I am surprised the pope stood up for this child bc he seems to have strayed quite far frim standing up for anything right or conservative, but good for him. Trump is THE MAN, but God is in control

  • Ron Osterman

    07/11/2017 09:16 AM

    Honestly, how is this any different than people making decisions to terminate the life of an unborn human? People need to leave the responsibilities of life and death with God who is the source of life.

  • Helen H. Johnson

    07/11/2017 08:43 AM

    As always, Gov. Huckabee, you are so right! Doctors are to do every thing they can to "save a life" not to end it. Thank you for TAKING YOUR STAND FOR LIFE. You are right on and I shudder at the thought of the government making a decision about MY life. Let's keep praying that the courts will do the right thing for little "Charlie" so that he will have an opportunity to LIVE. THANK YOU, NOT ONLY FOR TODAY BUT FOR YOUR ENCOURAGING COMMENTS EVERY DAY! MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND YOU WISDOM.

  • Carolyn L Fisher

    07/11/2017 08:39 AM

    Amen, Mike, Amen!!!

  • Hope Warren-Pogany

    07/11/2017 08:38 AM

    I just signed a petition: see below..... Perhaps your readers will sign for little Charlie.

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  • William acock

    07/11/2017 08:37 AM

    Preach on brother I'm on your side

  • Bob Wagoner

    07/11/2017 08:28 AM

    I agree completely with your perspective. The world socialists and mankind continues to think that they are equal to or superior to God. This is a display of the real truth of the socialist's heart. It is not one of compassion. As mother Teresa replied to a reporter's question---Why has God not sent a cure for aids? To which she replied, "Maybe he did but we killed him."
    This was of course referring to Abortions where the world has murdered millions of millions of babies. How many Einsteins, Pastures', Madame Curies', etc have been murdered? Please continue to speak your wisdom and perspective.