Alfie Evans is a 23-month-old child who has the misfortune of living in the United Kingdom where the government “provides” health care for its citizens.
But only for the citizens it deems worthy of life. And it does not deem Alfie Evans worthy of life.
He’s in a “semi-vegetative state,” they say. A vegetative state means a patient shows ” no evidence of awareness of self or environment and cannot interact with other people.” Therefore, a “semi-vegetative state” would indicate the child is sometimes aware or sometimes can interact.
Alfie suffers from “a degenerative neurological condition that has never been definitively diagnosed by medical specialists.”
So perhaps they don’t know what they don’t know. Perhaps they could err on the side of life.
Even so, the government insisted on taking Alfie off life support. But all did not go as expected. Once off the ventilator, Alfie continued to breathe.
Medical personnel then planned to actively euthanize (i.e. kill) Alfie with a fatal injection of Fentanyl, but, as Alfie’s father says, “the execution” was halted as the family’s attorneys and the Italian government pleaded for his life.
Currently, Alfie is receiving oxygen. Medical personnel resisted administering oxygen until the child had breathed on his own for some time. He continues to breathe on his own today.
The Italian government offered the family immediate citizenship and medical care. All they needed to do was go to Italy at no cost to British taxpayers. A medical air ambulance stood by Wednesday at the request of Pope Francis.
But the UK insisted–as it did in the case of Charlie Gard–that the child may not leave the country to receive medical care that could extend his life.
Late Wednesday, the British courts denied separate appeals by both parents. Justice Anthony Haydon of the High Court ruled that “the order to end Alfie’s life support should commence at 9 p.m. Monday.” Medical personnel expect Alfie to die before then.
But a pediatrician from Poland says, “the child is not a dying child.” Alfie responds to the sound of his father’s voice. He communicates. In Poland, such children receive care, she says.
If he dies between now and Monday, we will be left to wonder whether he died from his condition or from a lack of care.
If he dies next Monday, say, around 9 pm, the cause of death will most assuredly be medical intervention, that is to say, execution.
The court’s decree ensures that UK courts will continue to hold power over life, death, and the implementation of “care” for Great Britain’s weakest members.
God save the British Empire.
God forgive them for such sins.
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