A worldwide controversy has showcased the cruel and inhumane nature of socialized medicine. The European Union high court refused to overturn a British court ruling that sentenced a sick baby to die, which has sparked worldwide outrage from individuals who want the tyke to have a chance at life.
Charlie Gard, less than a year old, is afflicted with the very rare condition called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS). Apparently only 16 people worldwide are known to carry the condition. MDDS causes weakness of the muscles, the deteriorating of various tissues, and brain damage. It is usually fatal in infants, which is why British doctors decided to pull the plug on young Charlie.
In a tear-jerking display, Charlie’s dad, Chris, was forced to beg the state to spare his child’s life. “He deserves this chance… My son is the apple of my eye and I would do anything for him,” he said. Chris Gant’s appeals didn’t move the courts. British doctors, British bureaucrats, British courts, and then the European Court of Human Rights all sentenced Charlie to death.
Despite the callous treatment from his own government, young Charlie did find one powerful supporter across the pond: President Donald Trump.
“If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so,” Trump wrote on Twitter this morning.
“Upon learning of baby Charlie Gard’s situation, President Trump has offered to help the family in this heartbreaking situation. Although the President himself has not spoken to the family, he does not want to pressure them in any way, members of the administration have spoken to the family in calls facilitated by the British government,” White House Media Affairs Director Helen Ferre said. “The President is just trying to be helpful if at all possible.”
Experimental drugs and treatments available in the United States would not give Charlie any certainty to survive his condition, but would at least give him a fighting chance of pulling through.