Charlie Gard is a name that has stirred up heated debates among public figures, Twitter users, liberals and conservatives.
The case of nearly 1-year-old Charlie Gard came to international attention when the Great Ormond Street Hospital filed a case in UK courts to have the infant’s ventilator turned off. Everyone came to know the little boy’s name who has a debilitating disease known as mitochondrial depletion syndrome.
Now, a U.S. doctor has announced that infant Charlie may have a “small but significant” chance for recovery. The American medical specialist made the determination after performing a brain scan on Charlie in London.
“Dr. Michio Hirano of Columbia University Medical Center, who specializes in rare genetic diseases, believes that the chance of treatment being successful are between 11 to 56 percent and he hopes to improve muscular strength,” Fox News reported.
According to Charlie’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, Charlie’s condition came to light after an 8-week check up. Charlie was born healthy but his condition soon deteriorated. Since being 8-weeks old, Charlie has been in the hospital and UK experts have said there is no chance for the infant’s survival.
After a rigorous Go Fund Me campaign that Charlie’s parents set up raising over 1.3 million pounds, Charlie now has the ability to be treated in America to test out a new treatment that could help improve his well-being.
Sadly, after losing numerous appeals with the UK courts, the chance that his parents can take Charlie to the United States is still up in the air.
Dr. Hirano reportedly examined Charlie for five hours, along with another MD from the Pope’s hospital in Rome, and discovered that Charlie may benefit from the experimental treatment. In a press conference, Gard’s family representative stated…
“Today, Charlie’s case has moved from the chances of this ground-breaking therapy working from being as close to zero, as to make no difference to, according to the expert evidence that’s been heard in court, to a small but significant chance.”
While Charlie’s parents are ecstatic with the chance of their son’s survival, it is unfortunately no longer in their hands. After suffering through numerous appeals to reverse the hospital’s decision to take Charlie off of his ventilator, the judge stayed the decision for a few days to allow the family to have proper time to say goodbye.
Now with the new development from Dr. Hirano, the parents anxiously await the judge’s decision on whether or not Charlie will be permitted to travel to the U.S. for this new treatment.
“A transcript of the meeting will be handed to Mr Justice Francis, who will decide next Tuesday – ten days before Charlie’s first birthday – whether he should be allowed to try the therapy or should have his life support withdrawn so he ‘dies with dignity,’” the Daily Mail reported.
Liberals have taken the side of the UK hospital and the leftist European courts — no surprises there.
According to The Telegraph, Francis is adamant that he will not be swayed by tweets no matter who they come from, telling the courts, “I have to decide this case not on the basis of tweets but on the basis of clear evidence,” adding, “I understand parents will grasp at any possibility of hope.”
As they should. It is their right as parents to hold onto hope for their son and utilize every means necessary to save his life. And this has got to be horrifying news to those on the left who prefer the culture of euthanasia, abortion, and death to the culture of hope, light, and life.