Christopher Gard, Connie Yates, and
their son Charlie Gard.
Commenting on the 11-month-old baby boy being held by a London hospital in defiance of his parent's wishes to seek an experimental treatment in the United States, Reverend Franklin Graham said it is "alarming" and "unfathomable" that the hospital would overrule the parents, and added that "this is one of the dangers of socialized medicine."
The baby, Charlie Gard, has a rare genetic disorder that attacks his muscles and internal organs. He is kept alive on a ventilator at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Charlie's parents, Christopher Gard and Connie Yates, have raised more than $2 million in online donations for their son and want to try an experimental treatment, which is being offered by doctors here in the United States and at the Vatican.
However, because of Britian's socialized medicine, the doctors there have overruled the parents and won't let them take their son to another hospital for care.
Thanks to pressure from President Trump, Pope Francis, and other leaders, a new hearing was set for Charlie Gard. A London judge is expected to rule on the case tomorrow or Friday -- to decide whether the baby can be released or that the hospital can remove his ventilator and let him die.
President Donald Trump and Pope Francis. (Screenshots.)
"As a parent and a grandparent, this is so alarming," said Rev. Graham in a July 10 post on Facebook. Little Charlie Gard’s parents deserve the right to bring him to the U.S. to try to find treatment for him—that shouldn’t even have to be discussed! It’s their prerogative."
"That the U.K. hospital or the government would not allow them to make the decisions about Charlie’s life and medical care is unfathomable," he said. "Days and days have passed that he could’ve been being treated here in America—this is a tragedy."
"They have now delivered a petition with 350,000 signatures to the hospital, saying that they should release Charlie as the parents request," said Graham.
"This is one of the dangers of socialized medicine," he said. "We need to stay as far away from this as possible here in the United States as healthcare is reorganized!"
"Charlie’s case may be back in court today, so join me in praying for him and for his mom and dad, Connie Yates and Chris Gard," said Rev. Graham.
Charlie Gard. (charliesfight.org)