cheap ugg uk Trump and Farage pretend to care about Charlie Gard because it suits their twisted self
Trump and Farage pretend to care about Charlie Gard because it suits their twisted self interestJohn Niven reckons the right wing pair tried to make political capital out of the heartbreaking tale of 11 month old Charlie.06:00, 9 JUL 2017Nigel Farage and Donald Trump have both spoken out about the Charlie Gard case (Image: PA)
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Everybody loves babies, right? You love babies, I love babies. What kind of heartless monster doesn’t love babies?
Certainly not Nigel Farage and Donald Trump those well known lovers of humanity who last week both expressed their outrage over the fate of little Charlie Gard.
In case you haven’t been following the story, 11 month old Charlie has been in intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital for the last eight months.
He suffers from an extremely rare condition called Mitochondrial Depletion Syndrome.
MDS refers to a group of disorders that cause affected tissues to suffer from a significant drop in mitochondrial DNA.
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This means sufferers do not get energy to their muscles, kidneys and brain.
MDS is typically fatal in infancy and early childhood and there is currently no cure.
Doctors at the hospital concluded that Charlie’s case was terminal. Tests showed that he had suffered irreversible brain damage.
In the opinion of the professionals at GOS, Charlie will never breathe unaided, swallow food and has little or no awareness of the world around him.
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He cannot see, hear, feel or breathe without the aid of a ventilator. (Charlie’s parents refute much of this and are convinced he responds to their voices and touch, and that he has far more awareness of the world around him than the professionals believe. They do not accept the view that his condition is irreversible.)
Eventually the medical team concluded that the most humane thing to do was to turn off the ventilator that was keeping Charlie alive.
His parents were, understandably, devastated by the decision.
They appealed to the High Court, who agreed with the doctors that the baby’s case was terminal and that it would be cruel to try to extend Charlie’s life further.
Mr Justice Francis said he made the decision with the “heaviest of hearts” but with “complete conviction”. Charlie’s parents then took their case to the Court of Appeal who upheld the High Court’s decision.
The case was then reviewed by the Supreme Court, who also upheld the decision.
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Charlie’s parents hoped that the European Court of Human Rights would intervene but they declined to do so. His life support would be switched off.
It is, clearly, an utterly heartbreaking case. Any parent can barely picture being in the shoes of Charlie’s mum and dad.