Accuracy in Media

Last July, British infant Charlie Gard was suffering from a fatal genetic disorder. However, Gard’s parents wanted to seek additional treatment and care that could have helped their son.

A similar case has emerged in the United Kingdom and the child’s name is Alfie Evans.

Evans suffers from a neurological disorder that is likely fatal and his parents want to move him from the Liverpool hospital where he is staying. However, Alder Hey (the hospital), and British courts have denied their pleas.

Pope Francis and the Vatican have reached out to Evans’s parents, and the father is hopeful that his child will be moved to receive treatment in Italy. However, as the world saw with Gard, British courts and hospitals do not want to outsource care or decisionmaking to parents.

The British socialized health system, known as the National Health Service, denied Gard and his parents a chance at experimental drug treatment. This was despite pleas from Pope Francis and the Vatican and American politicians and doctors that said they would take responsibility for Gard’s care. Sadly, Gard passed away when potentially life-saving treatment was available beyond British borders. It is parallel to Alfie Evans’s current situation.

It is yet to be seen whether the media will cover Alfie’s case and avoid mentioning the perils of socialized, government-run health care just as they did when Gard was alive.

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