Charlie Gard came into this world on August 4, 2016. His parents love him and want him to have as much of life as God wills for him. He may be dead by the time you read this.
Charlie has a rare genetic disorder and brain damage. Doctors in the UK say his condition is terminal and there is nothing more to be done.
Charlie’s parents don’t accept that opinion. Parents tend to resist such news. I know. I’m a parent and no medical situation, no matter how dire, no matter how terrifying, could remove hope from my heart for a sick child.
As you probably have read, Charlie’s case has been the subject of lawsuits, court rulings, opinions from doctors and medical ethicists, countless news reports and the tears of parents around the world. Even Pope Francis and President Trump weighed in.
Medical authorities in the UK won’t let Charlie go home, won’t let his parents take him to the United States for treatment and won’t like his parents take him to Italy for treatment.
I suppose they figure if they can’t heal him, he can’t be healed. They likely are right, but why fight someone else who is willing to try – and the scores of people willing to pay for trying?
Charlie’s parents are a bump in the road of state-controlled medicine. They didn’t fall in line with the “system.” The European Court of Human Rights rejected their final appear. I guess Charlie has run out of human rights. When you can’t get help from a court of “human rights”, the Pope or the President, you probably have reached the end of the road.
But it is only an earthly road. Charlie’s situation moves millions of people around the world. His parents love him. God loves him. He was the definition of innocent victim.
Charlie Gard will die. So will you. So will I. Everyone dies.
You and I pray we’ll get to heaven. I’m pretty sure St. Peter already has a place reserved for Charlie.