There has to be a point where Charlie Gard’s story reaches peak heartbreak (see Charlie Gard: 0, Death Panels: 1 and Counting and Charlie Gard’s Parents Give Up Battle for Treatment. UK Government Took Too Long). This might be it. Charlie Gard’s mom had an emotional outburst toward the judge, who prevented her son from coming home:
CHARLIE Gard’s mum has today fled the court in tears as a judge confirmed the tot will die in a hospice unless a deal is struck with Great Ormond Street by midday tomorrow.
Connie Yates – who is at the High Court alone – began crying and shouting “what if it was your child?” before leaving the hearing this afternoon.
A High Court judge was set to announce his decision on where Charlie will end his life after his parents and hospital lawyers took on a new legal fight – if the hospital and parents could not reach an agreement.
Fiona Paterson, a lawyer representing GOSH said the situation could not carry on and said “this cannot drag on into another day”.
I honestly don’t even know what to say at this point. If I were a cartoon the anger toward the government and this judge would be causing steam to pour out my ears.
The only thing we can do, as Americans (aside from praying for this family) is learn from what’s happening to Charlie Gard. Make no mistake, and do not be naive: this is what single-payer, national healthcare looks like. Judges and courts, not parents and doctors, are ruling on where a child will die. After they messed about in all their legal perfidy, delaying and ultimately preventing Charlie receiving treatment in the United States. The UK government decided this baby would die, and they ensured his fatal fate with their actions.
Connie Gard’s point is emotional but true. Everyone who’s defending the UK court system (you’re terrible human beings, all of you), aren’t standing before it. Everyone defending the UK court system isn’t having their child condemned to death after it flitters about while their child’s chances at life dwindle.
This is the reality of national healthcare. Do not pretend otherwise.