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Charlie & dad in hospital

After months of competing British headlines over the now international  battle to save baby Charlie Gard’s life, today’s UK Express  may clinch the title: “Donald Trump to roast Theresa May on the heartbreaking Charlie Gard situation’ at G20.”

The Express reports that President Trump has scheduled an hour long appointment with Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday, during the time that world leaders assemble for the G2- world summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Thomas Hunt reported, “Although the reasons for the meeting have not officially been disclosed, the insider suggested the hour–long meeting, which will occur during the G20 summit in Hamburg, will center on the desperately ill 11–month–old boy. The source added the US President is said to have ‘a very good understanding of the whole case’.”
 
The same White House source told the Daily Mail last night
“The President is deeply moved by the heartbreaking situation facing Charlie Gard and his parents. Although the President himself has not spoken to the family, members of the administration, assisted by British officials, have done so. As a father and grandfather, President Trump understands the limitless love one has for a child and he wishes to be helpful to Charlie Gard and his family, as does Pope Francis and millions of families worldwide….he is willing to provide assistance should they need any.”

Prime Minister May faces seemingly ironclad rulings from three UK Courts  (The High Court, Appeal Court, and Supreme Court) and the European Court of Human Rights,  all sanctioning the removal of Charlie’s life support. It would appear they have not given her any wriggle-room when they insist Charlie’s “best interests” dictate he must die at the hospital.  Now.

His parents vehemently disagree and refuse to give up. Chris Gard and Connie Yates have waged a relentless battle against institutional power. Eleven-month-old Charlie has a rare and debilitating chromosomal condition in which his cells cannot replenish essential energy. A natural compound, orally administered, has shown some success as a treatment in the United States.
Going viral: I am Charlie Gard

Going viral: I am Charlie Gard

GLOBAL SOLIDARITY FOR CHARLIE
Last week, after all courts opposed life for Charlie, his death seemed imminent.  A weak promise not to rush the process from the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London met with a tidal wave of global solidarity for Charlie’s parents, including viral posts of multi-language “I am Charlie Gard” arm bracelets.

Various public protests and peaceful demonstrations  are increasing. Tonight Liverpool city landmarks are decked out in blue lights for Charlie.

Responding to Charlie’s plight, Pope Francis and President Trump tweeted encouragement to the Gard family.  Connie Yates responded in return, “The support from the Pope and the President has given us hope. They are traditional men who believe in the family.”

Other nations are said to be lobbying on Charlie’s behalf. The Daily Mail’s Martin Robinson reported “Yesterday it emerged the White House has been phoning the family and also the office of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. And the international tug-of-love over Charlie intensified as Italy also urged Britain to help save him. The Italian Foreign Minister personally lobbied his counterpart Boris Johnson in a phone call between Rome and London.”

But Johnson rebuffed an offer from the Rome children’s hospital to have Charlie transferred there. Many Twitter users are urging President Trump to send his private plane to rescue Charlie. Get that baby on a jet and give him asylum!” said one.

And we know that the President reads tweets.

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Charlie Gard’s parents, bedside, July 3”

In a Greek tragedy or Shakespearean play, a “Deus ex machina” ending is the resolution of a seemingly unresolvable situation with an unanticipated “intervention by the gods.”

In the tragic real life-and-death drama of baby Charlie Gard, facing court-supported withdrawal of hospital-administered life-support, surprising recent interventions via Twitter have been very welcome.

We can only hope that support from Pope Francis and President Trump can save Chris Gard’s and Connie Yates’s little boy from a hospital that insists he should “die with dignity.”

Eleven-month-old Charlie has a rare and debilitating chromosomal condition in which his cells cannot replenish essential energy. A natural compound, orally administered, has shown some success as a treatment in the United States. Chris and Connie have been working feverishly since January to get their son to the U.S. for that alternative treatment. Over their strenuous objections, however, they had faced the court-ordered death of their son this past weekend.

Pope Francis

But Pope Francis said on Twitter that “to defend human life, above all when it is wounded by illness, is a duty of love that God entrusts to all.” The Pontiff also tweeted that he prays for them [Charlie’s family], “hoping that their desire to accompany and care for their own child to the end is not ignored.”

President Donald Trump tweeted, “if we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.” The Washington Examiner reported this Monday from White House media affairs director, Helen Ferre:

“Although the president himself has not spoken to the family, he does not want to pressure them in any way, members of the administration have spoken to the family in calls facilitated by the British government.”

President Trump

Following the news of Vatican and American offers of support, a spokesman for the family said: “Chris and Connie are overwhelmed with emotion that President Trump and the Pope have spoken publicly of their support. Their kind words have given them so much comfort. They remain at Charlie’s bedside and his condition remains stable.”

BACKGROUND
Between April and June, rulings from the European Court of Human Rights, and three UK courts, supported the “futile care” assertion of the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) that Charlie’s very “existence” there was “inhuman” and it was in his “best interests” that life-support be discontinued.

Orders to unplug his respirator and give only palliative care were actionable last Friday, but at press time Charlie is presumably still alive and the status of life-support unknown.

Months of public protests, petitions to UK officials and nearly $1.8 million in financial pledges have seemed ineffectual and unable to engage the concern of mainstream media to the bullying of Charlie’s parents.

That all changed when support for their plight came this weekend from the two of the most influential voices in the world.

In addition, on Tuesday, the UK Metro news revealed that both an unnamed hospital in the US and the Vatican’s Pediatric Hospital, Bambino Gesu, have offered to treat Charlie Gard for free in order to prevent Great Ormond Street Hospital from ending his life.

WHO DECIDES?
These high-profile developments have initiated more and more media attention to Charlie and the fundamental question of the inviolability of parental rights.

Arturo Estopinan with son treated for similar condition that Charlie Gard has

The Daily Mail reported on the debate over Charlie Gard held on Tuesdays’ Good Morning Britain TV show, featuring Arturo Estopinan, a Congressional aide from Baltimore.

Estopinan said his son would be dead now if they had lived in the UK. Arturino, Jr. was given two months to live in 2011 when he was immobile, except for movement of his eyes. Now six years later, after the U.S. oral treatment, he is “a happy boy” who “can move his hands, fingers, feet and arms.”

Estopinan and his wife Olga have become close friends of Chris and Connie since their son has a condition similar to Charlie’s and was aided by the same innovative oral medication sought for Charlie.

On the show, Estopinan was opposed by a British physician who asserted that “to extend Charlie’s life will create more suffering…sometimes real parental love is letting go.

Mr. Estopinan strongly objected, saying,

“What right do you have to play God?… sir, your position is 100% wrong…my son is a happy boy…on a ventilator five years…and much improved from his [immobile] condition.”

Also in solidarity with the Gard family is Terri Schiavo’s brother, Bobby Schindler, whose Life & Hope Foundation works to support the medically fragile. He said, “At issue is whether [Great Britain’s system of] universal healthcare means that bureaucrats and judges will determine appropriate treatment, or whether parents like Charlie’s with the energy, finances, and physicians to care for their child will be allowed to do so.”

Bioethics author Wesley J. Smith also strongly criticized the UK’s position against Charlie as “an act of bioethical aggression that will extend futile-care controversies, creating a duty to die at the time and place of doctors’ choosing. And that raises a crucial liberty question: Whose baby is Charlie Gard? His parents’? Or are sick babies— and others facing futile-care impositions— ultimately owned by the hospital and the state?”

Estopinan believes that President Trump’s offer has “saved” Charlie. It is yet to be seen, however, whether modern “deus ex machina” interventions can rescue Charlie from the UK government’s death grip.

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