Charlie Gard’s parents fought a good fight in trying to save their son’s life. When the socialized medicine establishment in Great Britain refused to do any more to save little Charlie, his mother, Connie Yates used social networking to raise 1.3 million dollars to pay for her son’s experimental treatment in the United States. That should have been the end of the story in Britain.
But doctors and politicians circled the wagons and forbid Charlie’s parents from taking him. They were protecting their turf. His doctors proclaimed that Charlie was going to die no matter what because they didn’t want the embarrassment if the boy was cure. And the politicians did not want another example of why socialized medicine does indeed have a death panel.
Charlie, whose first birthday is on Friday August 4, will have his life support switched off within days after his family and loved-ones say their goodbyes.
It is not known if he will be allowed to leave the hospital – but his parents have repeatedly said it is their ‘final wish’ to take their son home to ‘slip away’ and ‘be with the angels’.
Connie Yates said today Great Ormond Street Hospital should have ‘trusted’ them with the decision to take him to America for nucleoside treatment on his brain and said: ‘We only wanted to give him a chance of life’.
In a tearful statement also read by his father Chris Gard outside court, she added: ‘Charlie had a real chance of getting better.
‘It’s now unfortunately too late for him. We are now going to spend our last precious moments with our son Charlie, who unfortunately won’t make his first birthday’.
The couple said he had the chance to be a ‘normal boy’ but was ‘left to just lie in hospital for months without any treatment whilst lengthy court battles have been fought’ and ‘left with his illness to deteriorate, sadly, to the point of no return’.