Charlie Gard, Connie Yates, Chris Gard and the rule of “experts”

By Dave Andrusko “The question of stopping Charlie’s life support was a value judgment, not a medical determination. The doctors didn’t insist on stopping treatment because it was not working, but because it was.” — Wesley Smith I read this statement yesterday as part of Wesley’s terrific column, “The High Cost of Charlie Gard Coercion,” which …

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Networks Cover Baby Orca’s Death More Than Charlie Gard

By Katie Yoder When it comes to the value of life, the networks are prioritizing a baby animal above a baby human – down to the very minute. During Tuesday morning’s news shows, the three broadcast networks combined spent more time on a 3-month-old orca’s death than on a 11-month-old British baby’s impending death. As …

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Hospital placing “obstacles” in the way of bringing Charlie home to die

‘The parents had hoped that Great Ormond Street would work with them,’ their lawyer says By Dave Andrusko Frankly, if I had not closely followed the way the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London had treated the parents of little Charlie Gard, I would not have believed what took place this morning in the courtroom …

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Miracle Babies and their miraculous parents

By Nancy Valko Yesterday, we learned that Baby Charlie Gard is expected to die soon as his heartbroken parents have decided to remove his life support because a US doctor had told them it was now too late to give Charlie nucleoside therapy. According to a BBC article, “US neurologist Dr. Michio Hirano had said …

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London hospital, NY Times consistent to the end: the wishes of Charlie’s parents must be overridden

By Dave Andrusko “GetReligion” is an extremely helpful source that describes itself as “a national and global journalism site focusing on how the mainstream press covers religion news in politics, entertainment, business and sports.” It does many, many things well, including spotting glaring oversights and omissions. Typically, the posts at getreligion.org address a religious dimension …

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The High Cost of Charlie Gard Coercion

By Wesley J. Smith The American specialist finally allowed by the courts–after four months of cruel obstinacy–to examine Charlie Gard apparently concluded that the baby is now beyond his help. As a result, Chris and Connie, Charlie’s loving parents, have decided to call off their legal efforts to force the hospital maintain their son’s life …

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Charlie’s parents cease legal battle to have their son transferred to US for experimental therapy

“We are sorry we could not save you,” Connie says Tells court delay meant the chance of treatment working was lost By Dave Andrusko The lawyer for Connie Yates and Chris Gard said this morning that the case of their desperately ill son Charlie was “worthy of a Greek tragedy.” Only there was no deus …

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Connie Yates tells the inside story behind what was not done for little Charlie Gard

By Dave Andrusko We posted earlier today the sad, sad news that based on the most recent MRI scan, Connie Yates and Chris Gard concluded that their precious baby Charlie’s condition had so deteriorated they believed it was time “to let our son go.” But if you read Connie’s full statement to Justice Nicholas Francis, …

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Charlie’s parents will be allowed to give further testimony at next week’s crucial hearing

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. As we were about to post this story, several outlets updated what transpired today in the courtroom of Justice Nicholas Francis. Without first showing the results to Charlie’s parents, Katie Gollop, the lawyer for the hospital, announced that “the results of their son’s latest brain scans make for ‘sad reading,’” …

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Only NBC Reports Efforts to Grant Charlie Gard U.S. Permanent Residency

By Katie Yoder While the three broadcast networks have resumed coverage of British infant Charlie Gard, their reporting is lacking: only NBC has covered the recent efforts to grant Charlie and his parents permanent residency in the United States. And while ABC (unlike CBS and NBC) covered Charlie’s case several times this week, its reports …

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Why is Baby Charlie Gard’s Government-appointed Guardian a Euthanasia Activist?

By Nancy Valko So now we learn that the attorney for Baby Charlie Gard’s guardian is a euthanasia activist who is Chairman of Compassion in Dying, an “end-of-life” advocacy group with a sister organization that supports assisted suicide. This should not be a surprise. In a July 19, 2017, New York Times op-ed “Charlie Gard …

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Congresswoman and mother of her own “miracle child” offers amendment to grant residency to Charlie, Connie, and Chris

By Dave Andrusko By all indications, Justice Nicholas Francis will hand down his decision, potentially sealing the fate of little Charlie Gard, next Tuesday. The presiding judge is presumably evaluating the results of the latest tests on the nearly one-year-old Charlie and the analysis of Dr. Michio Hirano, a world renowned expert in Charlie’s rare …

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