Nine-month-old Charlie Gard may loose his life thanks to socialized medicine in the United Kingdom. Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage. Charlie has mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare disorder that affects the genetic building blocks that give energy to cells. Doctors in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, however, tell ITV/ITN London that they think Charlie’s ” life support should be switched off.”
Charlie’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates want to take their son to the United States for treatment for their son’s condition which “they have raised £1.3million (British Pounds)” to pay for the treatment. The hospital says “the treatment is experimental” and that “Charlie has irreversible brain damage and should be moved to palliative care.”
The British Supreme Court said Wednesday that they “have ruled Charlie will be kept on life support until his parents’ appeal can be considered.” and that “they would consider a further appeal on 8 June.” This decision came as a legal agreement with the hospital, where Charlie receives 24-hour care was to be terminated at midnight on Wednesday night. The judges also say than an “appeal would only be granted on an “arguable point of law” and “if successful, a date for a full hearing will be set.”
Chris Gard told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire program “It’s literally life or death. If we don’t get this opportunity he’s going to die. He hasn’t got anything to lose. Even if it doesn’t work, which I think it will, we know that we’ve done everything that we can for him. We don’t want to live with the what if?” Connie Yates, Charlie’s mother says “They basically kept him (Charlie Gard) a prisoner there, our parental rights have been completely stripped the moment we took him in there. In hindsight, we lost him because they have complete responsibility for him.” His parents say “they will try to go to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg if they lose.” according to the UK newspaper Daily Mail.
The Miller News Service is also working on a similar story in the state of Tennessee in the United States regarding a seven-month-old baby boy and hope to have his story out before Sunday, June 4th.
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Sources: ITN/ITV London; BBC Victoria Derbyshire; Daily Mail UK
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