Here we go again: UK hospital applies to High Court to switch off baby Alfie's life support

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It’s the Charlie Gard case all over again. That’s the UK’s NHS system for you.
From Daily Mirror: The parents of Alfie Evans have spoken of their “living nightmare” after a hospital advised switching off their baby son’s life support, it is claimed.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool has applied to the High Court to switch off life support for the 18-month-old in a coma, the Liverpool Echo understands.
Alfie’s dad has spoken of their “devastation” and “disappointment” after the hospital reportedly said they had exhausted all options in trying to diagnose and treat the infant’s mystery brain condition.
It comes shortly after Alfie’s parents Thomas Evans and Kate James, both 20, said that after months of searching they had finally found a hospital abroad that was willing to take him.
But a letter to them, seen by the Liverpool Echo, shows Alder Hey are opposing the move to an Italian children’s hospital – and are stepping up the battle over Alfie’s life by taking the matter to court.
The Alder Hey letter says the hospital has asked the High Court to rule that it is legal and in Alfie’s best interest for long-term ventilation and intensive care to be withdrawn.
It says: “The trust’s position is that it does not consider the provision of continued mechanical ventilation nor the move to Italy to be in Alfie’s best interests. The application also asks the court to make a declaration that it is in Alfie’s best interests to be transferred to a hospice setting and to be treated on a palliative pathway with appropriate end of life care.
Mr. Evans from Bootle, told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s devastating – we feel so disappointed. I feel Alfie is being ignored, let down and not given a chance. “Why should we take him to a hospice when there’s a hospital happy to take him? Alder Hey were watching us work so hard to get this hospital – now we’ve got an offer and a doctor willing to come over, but they’ve refused to speak with him. “Now we are starting to go through a living nightmare. They are making it 10 times worse.”
Tens of thousands of people have formed “Alfie’s Army” over the past year to support and fundraise for the family, including many supporters of Charlie Gard’s parents in their legal fight.
Charlie died aged 11 months following his family’s court battle to send him to the US for treatment.
The reported decision by Alder Hey comes after months of fraught discussions between Alfie’s parents and the hospital over what to do to help their son.
An Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “We understand that this is an incredibly difficult time for the family concerned and we continue to liaise directly with them. We are unable to comment on individual cases. Alder Hey is a specialist children’s hospital which therefore means we treat many children with often complex, life threatening conditions.
Unfortunately despite the best efforts of our clinicians, some of these children are sadly unable to recover from their illness. In such a situation, medical professionals will meet to discuss the most appropriate care plan going forward, focusing on the comfort, wellbeing and best interests of the child concerned.
The Trust will often seek advice from specialist clinicians at other trusts. The care plan is always discussed in full with the family to aim to reach agreement between clinicians and parents about the most appropriate care. We also seek input from the families concerned and this may extend to include review by experts instructed by the family.
Understandably these cases place families under great pressure. We will always seek to reach agreement with parents of the child concerned but there will be some rare situations where agreement cannot be reached and the treating team believe that continued active treatment is not in a child’s best interests. In these cases the Trust will refer a case to the Family Division of the High Court and seek a determination as to the best interests of the child. In all such cases we will also invite the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service to consider the case and provide independent representation of the child.”
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Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Sad, sad story. It is very clear that although medical services have been offered in both of these two cases, and the UK medical trust has fought tooth and nail to stop these parents from taking their children elsewhere . . . . this has everything to with “keeping all citizens under the thumb of this agency,” not letting anyone escape to receive care elsewhere, than it has to do with what is necessarily best for the patient. Since they never have enough money to give first rate care to all their citizens, it is not a problem if they… Read more »

Lana
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Lana

” this makes me wonder , if the royals………. would they be treated the same way?”
I think we both know the answer to that one Auntie. And I would venture that this is not a likely occurance for the royals because if they even allow their children to be vaccinated they are probably vaccinated with a different batch that is pure as opposed to those the “little people” receive. Dollars to donuts this child is likely suffering a vaccine reaction like some type of inflammation in the brain.

Robert
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Reblogged this on Roberts Thoughts 2 and commented:
Also found these, Relatives reveal Charlie Gard’s mother is helping the family of a seriously ill baby who doctors say should be allowed to die despite the parents’ wishes to try and save the child, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4819142/Charlie-Gard-s-mother-helping-family-ill-baby.html?mwv_rm=als1
British family hoping to bring ill toddler to Utah for treatment,
https://www.ksl.com/?sid=45477461 And check out their FB page.

daveyone1
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CalGirl
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Take HEED OBAMACARE in its miserable infancy: This is an example of Socialist Health Care at it’s finest…once again……When you surrender your “freedoms” to the collective government for the “free things” promised in return……this is what happens….this is the agenda…it will happen over and over again until people overthrow the Socialist government……it WILL be the “answer” to myriad “difficult to solve” conditions. It WILL stifle progress in new methodologies/treatments /diagnosing b/c it will ALWAYS be “stuck” on the criteria of the era in which the Socialist Medicine was adopted. No forward movement at all after that…..no new solutions….no innovations or… Read more »

filia.aurea
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This is a mind-boggling list of National Health Service Trusts in England ALONE. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NHS_trusts Tens of Millions of pounds are devoured in simply sustaining the bureaucracy. This is socialized medicine for “common people”. The Trusts have elevated themselves into god-like status. Nothing in this system is free. Questioning their ability or sidestepping their authority in an attempt to find alternate solutions will be met with “death-by-court-order”. The people who don’t have the means to buy ADDITIONAL private health insurance (every working person contributes to the NHS via the p.a.y.e tax system) are at the mercy of these FUBAR health care… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

filia.aurea . . . Thank you for your interesting addition to this article. It is amazing that those who work in the UK pay into the NHS fund, but here we see those funds being transferred for the extreme care of someone who never paid into the fund. Gosh! That sounds a whole lot like our government putting the elderly immigrants who come to this country directly on the Social Security rolls . . . although they never paid one dime into the system! Other than the UK showing the whole world what a wonderful PC kind of place they… Read more »

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pigpen51

America’s healthcare is the finest in the world. Unfortunately, our health insurance is among the worst in the world. I lay the blame for the latter squarely on the shoulders of the Democrats in the federal government. They not only pushed Obamacare through, which we all knew was a massive mistake when they were doing it, but they also forced medicaid through during LBJ, which was also done in a messed up way, which only made the cost of healthcare go up. Whenever you inject federal money into something, the cost of that goes up. Whether it is healthcare, or… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

Human life has become cheap.
Sad.