Doctors should have had a chance to save Charlie Gard

Sadly Charlie Gard died before he even made it to his first birthday.

Monday, 7th August 2017, 9:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:53 am
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As with much of his short life, the last few hours were decided by the courts – they refused his parents’ wishes to allow Charlie to spend the last few hours of his life at home and ordered him to be moved to a hospice.

The whole way the case was played out by the hospital and authorities was wrong in my opinion.

I know Great Ormond Street is one of the best children’s hospitals in the world and from a medical standpoint they would know best, but at the end of the day they are not his parents.

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Yes, it was more than likely the treatment would not have worked, but as a parent if there was just a one per cent chance, you would want to grab it with both hands.

The decision on his treatment shouldn’t have got to the stage of legal battles in the High Court and European Court. Too much time was wasted and what chance of life, albeit a slim one, was hindered until it was impossible to move on with any treatment and the parents had the devastating task of turning off the life support.

Final life and death decisions should be left to the parents. They are the ones who have to live with the aftermath for the rest of their lives.

A judge sitting behind a desk in Strasbourg moves on to the next case and the Charlie Gard paperwork is filed away.

Another question we need to ask is the government’s role in making life and death decisions. Didn’t we fight a war once against a regime that ended the life of those with disabilities?

The Gards raised the money themselves and had specialists willing to help them. Even Donald Trump and the Pope stepped in.

It’s not as if they were planning to send him off to a bunch of witch doctors dancing around a burning goat, throwing about incense and drinking concoctions of crushed alligator bones and ant-eater blood.

Some of the world’s finest doctors wanted to help.

It’s just a shame they weren’t given the opportunity to try to help.

Now Charlie’s parents will always be thinking: what if?


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