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1259, 03 Jul 17

Fighting for Baby Charlie

This is socialized medicine. The parents have the will and the money to try to save their baby, but the UK and EU authorities say that the child must die.

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that a hospital can discontinue life support to the baby, who has a rare genetic disease. His doctors wish to take him off life support, but his parents disagree. Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, wanted the hospital to release Charlie into their custody so they can take him to the United States for an experimental treatment.
Charlie’s parents appealed to the UK Supreme Court to decide the best interests of their child. After they lost that appeal, the 10-month-old was due to have his life support switched off at the end of the day June 13.
Gard and Yates then filed a request with the European Court of Human Rights, an international court based in Strasbourg, France, to consider the case, but the judges there also ruled in favor of his doctors.

1259, 03 July 2017


  1. jonnyv

    So many ways to argue this point.

    1. Yes, the parents should have the right to take their child if the state has given up. And that that point, the state should not have to pay for experimental treatments.

    2. You cherry pick 1 case out of tens of thousands where people are receiving life saving medicines and not any chance of bankrupting them or their family. If this was a regular instance it wouldn’t be news.

    3. This can also be a case of who knows best for the child? We see a case every few years where parents try to “pray” away ailments for their children. Who should have the FINAL say in treatment when it comes to things like this? Of course, this particular case is the exact opposite of what we usually hear about. But it is really 2 sides of the same coin.

    PS. Thanks Owen for finally killing the emoji at the bottom. The page loaded in seconds!

  2. Owen

    We aim to please :)

  3. Kevin Scheunemann

    This is the destructive result of socialized medicine.

    Liberals should be ashamed of themselves.

  4. Jason

    My only concern with Socialized medicine is that if we in the US take it up as well, then there will be no where in the world to turn if we disagree with medical decisions.  In my opinion only (so as not to whip Nordy into a foaming lather) is that the US has the best care and the best medicine and the best innovations only because we have the imperfect health care system we have.  When is the last time you’ve heard of a patient or guardians of a patient wanting to travel from the US to another country to get better care.  I haven’t.

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