The parents of Charlie Gard, the little baby boy who captured the hearts and minds of the world after the British government denied their request to take him to an American hospital for evaluation, have released a video explaining their decision to end their appeal.
Chris Gard and Connie Yates have stated that after looking at Charlie’s latest MRI scan, the window for successful treatment has passed. In their video they make it abundantly clear that this could’ve been avoided had the court system not delayed treatment.
According to TheBlaze, Earlier Monday, Chris Gard and Connie Yates ended a months long legal battle to seek treatment for 11-month-old Charlie, who suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease.
Reading from a prepared statement outside the High Court in London as he stood alongside Yates, Chris Gard said, “This is one of the hardest things that we will ever have to say, and we are about to do the hardest thing that we’ll ever have to do, which is to let our beautiful little Charlie go.”
“Put simply, this is about a sweet, gorgeous, innocent little boy who was born with a rare disease, who had a real, genuine chance at life and a family who love him so very dearly and that’s why we fought so hard for him,” Gard said.
He said that “there is one simple reason” why it is too late for Charlie to begin treatment: “Time. A whole lot of time has been wasted.”
“Our poor boy has been left to just lie in [the] hospital for months without any treatment whilst lengthy court battles have been fought,” Gard said, adding that had Charlie received treatment sooner, “he would have had the potential to be a normal, healthy little boy.”
This is a prime example of why socialized medicine is such a horrific idea, as it causes a shortage in resources that leads to rationing of health care.
Death panels spring up and suddenly the government reserves the right to determine whether or not someone has the right to live or die, a right that simply does not belong to them outside of the context of a capital crime.
Now these two parents will have to live the rest of their lives without their precious son, who perhaps could’ve lived a longer life with them under different circumstances.
[This article was written by Steve Parker]