Sadly, the heart-wrenching saga of little Charlie Gard has come to a tragic conclusion, as his parents announced Friday that their precious baby has finally passed away.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, the little British boy who suffered from a rare genetic disorder died in hospice just a week prior to what would have been his first birthday.
“Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie,” stated Connie Yates, Charlie’s mother, after the child had been removed from life support and died.
The U.K. Independent reported that even though Charlie’s parents had agreed to drop their legal case seeking permission to take their son to the U.S. for experimental treatment, which had been denied, they continued to press the court for more time with Charlie and to allow them to take him home with them so he could die in peace.
Unfortunately, both of those requests were also denied, and the court devised an “end-of-life” plan that saw the infant moved from the Great Ormand Street Hospital to hospice care where he was removed from all life support to “inevitably” die.
Prior to Charlie’s death, according to The U.K. Sun, Yates released a statement which read, in part: “We just want some peace with our son. No hospital, no lawyers, no courts, no media. Just quality time with Charlie away from everything to say goodbye to him in the most loving way.”
“Most people won’t ever have to go through what we’ve been through,” she added. “We have had no control over our son’s life and no control over our son’s death.”
Infuriatingly, the fault for this boy’s death can be traced directly to the courts and hospitals in the U.K. and Europe, who refused to allow a set of parents to decide for themselves how best to care for and treat their ill son. Though the treatment they sought was experimental and uncertain of success, there at least was a chance the boy could improve and survive what ailed him.
Alas, this is what socialized medicine looks like in practice. Politicians and judges and the hospital bureaucrats under their sway refuse to relinquish absolute control over the health care of an individual, instead making life and death decisions on behalf of them and their loved ones who could better decide how best to handle such matters.
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