Last July, I wrote about the case of little Charlie Gard, and how when the UK’s National Health Service had given up on him, his parents had raised a considerable sum of money to seek an alternative, admittedly highly experimental, treatment to prolong his life. The NHS refused to allow that and the UK government backed them up, basically running out the clock on Charlie Gard’s life.
Now they’re doing it again. This time it’s a toddler named Alfie Evans who is fighting for his life in a hospital in the UK. He was (was!) on life support, but the hospital “pulled the plug”, yet as of this writing he continues to hang in.
The hospital basically threw up its hands at trying to save him. The parents looked elsewhere. Pope Francis stepped in and offered care to little Alfie in Italy.
The hospital said “no.”
They had given up and yet they refused to let him go elsewhere where someone else was at least willing to try to save the boy. And how were they able to prevent the parents from taking him elsewhere? Why, because of the British Courts, which ruled that Alfie was too ill to travel.
What? They’ve taken him off support to let him die but they’re afraid of the risk of travel? Will the travel make him more dead than the not treating him at all that they’re doing now?
In what universe is this even a sane decision?
The parents appealed to a higher court, which rejected the appeal and confirmed the lower court’s ruling.
And it gets better. The sane people who are hearing about this case are understandably upset. Many have spoken in anger about it. So what do the Merseyside police say? (Link saved via archive.is–what happens on the Internet, stays on the Internet).
We’ve issued the following statement following reports of social media posts being made in relation to Alder Hey Hospital and the ongoing situation with Alfie Evans:
Chief Inspector Chris Gibson said: “Merseyside Police has been made aware of a number of social media posts which have been made with reference to Alder Hey Hospital and the ongoing situation involving Alfie Evans.
“I would like to make people aware that these posts are being monitored and remind social media users that any offences including malicious communications and threatening behaviour will be investigated and where necessary will be acted upon.”
Yep, that’s right. Speaking out against this terrible crime is going to be investigated.
This is an outrage. This is what happens when you give the government too much power over individuals. Any power that can be abused will be abused. And any power can be abused.
Private insurance can, at worst, refuse to pay. It doesn’t stop you from raising funds elsewhere or seeking alternatives. Only government, with its license to use force, can do that.
How many more Charlie Gards? How many more Alfie Evans?
This has to stop.