His parents thought his life could be saved and extended without suffering. So did doctors in Italy, and the Italian government. So did, among millions of others, the Pope. Diagnoses have been wrong before; in this case, experts weren’t even sure what illness he had. Weighing all of that, and thrown a potential lifeline for Alfie by another country, British doctors concluded that the humane thing to do was … nothing.
He died 11 days short of his second birthday.
I can’t find confirmation in today’s news reports but I assume the official cause of death is the degenerative neurological condition he suffered from. It should be suffocation. If British courts wouldn’t grant him a last chance at being helped, they should at least give him honesty.
In the end, he passed in a hospital room instead of at home because the doctors, it seems, feared that his mom and dad might try to save his life.
Mr Evans’ legal team said the wishes of Alfie’s parents had been ignored right up until the last.
Andrea Minichiello Williams, of the Christian Legal Centre, said: “Alfie’s parents wanted him to go home to die in the end, but the hospital appeared to think they would have absconded with him. It was ludicrous and heartbreaking. Alfie died in hospital with police standing guard outside his door. That’s completely unsatisfactory.”
She added: “This is why we need an Alfie’s Law that gives much more weight to what parents want in these cases. Should responsible parents really be prevented from seeking the best medical care available for their children? The answer has to be no.
It has to be, and yet.
Pope Francis is one of many mourners today:
I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie. Today I pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 28, 2018
Something his father said the other day about the doctors stuck with me: “They don’t want to see him come out of it, they want him to die, they want him to deteriorate in the next couple of hours so then they can say ‘oh look we told you’.” That’s the most haunting element here, the suspicion that they wouldn’t let him go to Rome not because they feared for his quality of life but because they feared for their own institutional reputations.
Let a child die but do all you can to save a pit bull that mauled someone Liberals are Sick sick Sick people in a society that allowed infants to die but wants to save animals instead
Fly, fly little wing
Fly beyond imagining
The softest cloud, the whitest dove
Upon the wind of heaven’s love
Past the planets and the stars
Leave this lonely world of ours
Escape the sorrow and the pain
And fly again
Fly, fly precious one
Your endless journey has begun
Take your gentle happiness
Far too beautiful for this
Cross over to the other shore
There is peace forevermore
But hold this mem’ry bittersweet
Until we meet
Fly, fly do not fear
Don’t waste a breath, don’t shed a tear
Your heart is pure, your soul is free
Be on your way, don’t wait for me
Above the universe you’ll climb
On beyond the hands of time
The moon will rise, the sun will set
But I won’t forget
Fly, fly little wing
Fly where only angels sing
Fly away, the time is right
Go now, find the light
“If only one life can be saved…”
Hitler’s T 4 Health care plan was based on what would be the criteria for determining which patients would be considered to have “lives unworthy to be lived,” and what was the most “practical and cheap” manner of removing them from being burdens on the health-care system—by death…. We now know this as socialized medicine. I am reminded of Santayana’s Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, where he wrote “…Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it..”George Santayana (1863-1952).
Rest in Peace , little one.
This is the exact health care system that liberals admire and tried to model Obama Care after.