UK Hospital Sentences Detained Child To Death
Parental rights are crumbling faster than any other current right, though many parents are yet to realize the terrible direction we are headed.
Alfie Evans has a brain disorder, but what that condition remains an enigma. Alfie is without any formal diagnosis, however, he’s dying. And the doctors at London’s Alder Hey hospital have informed Alfie’s parents that the end is near and that the hospital can’t save him. They’ve also decided, on behalf of the family, that Alfie’s life no longer has value.
If this sounds eerily similar to the Charlie Gard case, that’s because it is. It is yet another terrible example of authoritarian medical professionals founded in socialized medicine principles.
Doctors not understanding Alfie’s condition, as well as refusing to perform a medical intervention, are far from the issue in this case. Alfie’s parents most certainly understand the complex nature of this situation. This is why they’ve decided they would like to move Alfie to a Vatican hospital and see if some headway can be made that could potentially save Alfie’s life.
Unfortunately, the doctors at Alder hospital have declined this request. In fact, they’ve declined to give Alfie back to his parents. Yes, Alder hospital has decided on behalf of Alfie’s legal parents to allow him to die. Alfie’s parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, were declined by the Supreme Court any rights that would allow them to move their child from the hospital. Both parents made the claim that Alfie was being “unlawfully detained,” but the highest of courts simply did not agree.
In fact, the Supreme Court judges said that the hospital must be “free to do what has been determined to be in Alfie’s best interests”. In other words, the hospital has been given more rights than the parents. This is something every parent should consider when their child is in the hands of any medical professional.
“That is the law in this country. No application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg can or should change that,” the judges state.
A hospital in Rome offered to give Alfie palliative care. But Alfie, now a prisoner to a socialized medical system, will remain in London until he perishes.
The parents have submitted an “urgent application” European Court of Human Rights. They have stated they “refuse to give up.” What parent would?
But the deck is ultimately stacked against them. This is their second failed attempt and there aren’t any indications that a deeply socialized Europe would make any exceptions over such matters.
Alife may never be saved no matter what hospital or doctor intervenes, but that’s not the point. Alfie’s parents should have the parental right to decide how much effort is made, and where those efforts are made, to potentially save his life. Unfortunately, the socialized and authoritarian medical professionals of London have loudly dropped their unanimous gavels.
In the Supreme Court ruling, the judges noted that ” this decision is very distressing for Alfie’s family at this very difficult time.”
Worse more, protestors outside of the London hospital have been labeled as “intimidating.” So it won’t be long until they are silenced by way of authoritarian measures.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.