Masked euthanasia in children. Are Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard cases the tip of the iceberg of NHS healthcare policy?
Isaiah had defied medical expectations by managing to breathe unaided for eight hours, and had vindicated his parents’ legal battle to keep him alive, he said. (
Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard are not specific and special cases in the United Kingdom. They are the tip of the iceberg of a healthcare policy in which there have been more silent victims: children condemned to die and heartbroken families who have seen life support withdrawn from their little ones despite the objection of their parents, who had been prevented from seeking treatment in a different hospital. This was the case, for example, of Isaiah Haastrup, a little boy who died on 7 March this year in King’s College Hospital in London, but who was only buried on 31 May, three months later, due to a dispute between the family and the hospital. Little Isaiah was profoundly brain-damaged and never left the hospital where he was born; it was during the delivery that the brain injury for which he was finally disconnected occurred. The family blamed the incident on hospital negligence; however, the hospital refused to accept responsibility, although they did apologize that the care was not good enough (see HERE).