God bless these parents and this beautiful child. Already facing a fatal genetic condition, the child has struggled to live during his short life. The parents had hoped to bring the child to the US to try an experimental procedure in a last hope of saving the baby.
In a turn of events that explains the general hesitation about turning such matters over to the State, the UK courts have said the parents can’t do this. The hospital will remove the child from life support. The parents appealed and took the matter to the European court. But the court refused to overturn the lower court decision. The child will die.
Not because the child was left to die, or because the child was removed from life support. But because the parents were forbidden to bring their child to the US for the experimental treatment. Therefore, after hearing the case brought by the hospital and the parents as prescribed by UK law, the courts and the state have dictated that the child will die. Perhaps he would have died anyway. But it doesn’t take much to see why people are bothered by the fact that it was the courts, and not the parents, that had the final say.
I can’t imagine what those parents are feeling right now, and that precious child who knows nothing of this. God grant peace and strength to all involved in the coming weeks, and bless young Charlie Gard with all your love.