Charlie Gard, 11 months, UK infant cause celebre in middle of right-to-expensive-health-care controversy
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That Derek
2017-07-28 19:36:37 UTC
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'OUR BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BOY HAS GONE' Charlie Gard has died aged 11 months – the brave little boy whose plight touched the world passes away just seven days before his first birthday

His parents fought a five-month legal battle for him to be taken to the United States for experimental treatment

By Amanda Devlin

28th July 2017, 7:30 pm
Updated: 28th July 2017, 8:16 pm

CHARLIE Gard, the baby boy who captured the hearts of the world with his brave battle for life, has died just one week before his first birthday.

The 11-month-old tot finally succumbed to the brutal condition, which saw him take centre stage in an unprecedented legal battle.

The tot has been the centre of a High Court battle as his parents fought to keep him alive

The brave tot’s fight caught the attention of everyone from US President Donald Trump to the Pope as his defiant parents desperately fought to take him to the United States for untested treatment.

It was against the advice of Great Ormond Street doctors who said he should be allowed to “die with dignity”.

But after a five-month legal battle the 11-month-old boy’s parents gave up their fight last week saying “time has run out” after scans showed his condition had deteriorated too much.

They begged Great Ormond Street doctors to let them take baby Charlie home for his final days, but were overruled by the hospital which said the ventilator keeping him alive was too bulky to fit through their front door.

They finally agreed for him to be placed in a hospice.

Tonight Charlie’s heartbroken mum Connie Yates said: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.”

Tonight a Great Ormond Street Hospital spokesman sent Charlie’s family their “heartfelt condolences”.

Hundreds of others from around the world have paid tribute to the tragic tot as they shared their heartbreak over baby Charlie’s death.

The case drew comment from U.S. President Donald Trump, who tweeted on July 3 that “we would be delighted” to help Charlie, and from Pope Francis, who called for the parents to be allowed to do everything possible to treat their child.

Tonight Prime Minister Theresa May said she is “deeply saddened” by the death of 11-month-old Charlie Gard and said her “thoughts and prayers” are with his parents.

Hundreds of supporters – called Charlie’s Army – lended their voices and money for him to be given treatment, with £1.35 million raised on an online fundraising site.
2017-07-28 20:16:59 UTC
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He should have been allowed to die but the govt had no business being involved.
Sarah Ehrett's Lesbian Love Interest
2017-07-28 22:33:22 UTC
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The insurance company is always involved in determining when cost is worth the results.(Insurance companies will not pay to fly in a witch doctor from the Congo to swing a chicken over a dying patient.)

It just so happens that in England, the government is the insurance company. I kind of like the government being the insurance company. At least the decisions are made by public servants.
2017-07-28 22:53:32 UTC
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Bull shit. Decisions should be made by loved ones, not govt agents.
And your analogy doesn't work because they weren't asking the govt to pay for anything. They wanted their child back, the govt said no.

Try getting your facts straight if that's possible.
Sarah Ehrett's Lesbian Love Interest
2017-07-29 03:10:49 UTC
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If the parents wanted to remove the child from a dialysis machine in order to fly their beloved child to the Congo for the chicken waving procedure, would you still be lobbying for the parents?

Sometimes advanced societies need the authority to protect the child from misdirected parental actions.
2017-07-29 03:36:50 UTC
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Another of your false analogies. Keep the state out of personal decisions.