The sad news that little Charlie Gard has died in hospice care is not a shock, but it is a tragedy.
After raising money to get treatment for their child, parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard have been continually thwarted at every turn by the British medical health system because the hospital – the hospital! – had decided it was better for Charlie to die. Better that than – what? Letting him go and losing face? Admitting that maybe the NHS doesn’t have all the answers?
Charlie’s parents did what any parents would do – they fought for their child to live. They loved their little boy. The world watched as the legal battle waged on.
Since the European Court of Human Rights gave their decision three days ago to allow the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children to end the life of…