Alfie’s Saga Continues

This is one of those stories that won’t let go of my imagination. We have spoken about it before, as far back as August 1st of last year, and again on last December 26th. On that occasion my friend Caroline Farrow was forced by a British court to edit her post saying this:

Edited Wednesday 20th December 2017: The first version of this blog was published on Monday 18th December 2017, the day before the Directions Hearing in the High Court. At this hearing, an anonymity order was put in place which prohibited publication in the UK media of the names of the medical professionals involved in the case. Out of courtesy for this order, passed on Tuesday 19th December, I have therefore removed the names of the individuals, even though this blog is published on an international platform, for an international readership.

I was able to verify the involvement of one of the named individuals in another well-known case via a number of independent sources, which I already knew at the time of the case.

While I respect Caroline’s decision and will comply, frankly it is bullshit. If you are not man enough to take responsibility for what you do, you have no business making decisions for yourself, let alone anyone else, especially a helpless baby. It makes a damning story even worse, I think.

That is still true, and here it is, 4 and a half months later, and there is no movement. A few days ago Caroline Tweeted this:

And yes, she is taking some heat from some very callous people, not to mention those who actually believe in the Stalinist NHS, which again, in this case, seeks to kill a baby, even though they don’t even have a clue what is wrong with him.

Steven Woolfe wrote in The Catholic Herald about this some days ago, as well, saying:

Alfie’s dad, Tom, and I recently met with hospital officials. At the meeting, we offered video evidence of Alfie’s improved condition, pledges from other specialist European hospitals to treat Alfie and details of a second air ambulance that adhered to the hospital’s requirements.

We left the meeting with the view that Alder Hey had agreed to a further internal meeting where they would consider the points we raised and our new evidence to support Alfie receiving a second opinion in Italy. Tom was overcome at what we all believed was a small chance of hope for Alfie.

However, within a few short hours, and without analysing Alfie’s parents’ video evidence, Alder Hey had again applied to the High Court to set a date to turn-off Alfie’s life support.

But, irrespective of that ruling, the ultimate decision to switch-off life support remains in Alder Hey’s hands. The opportunity for Alfie to receive a second medical opinion and to undergo pioneering treatment in Italy is still available.

The behaviour of Alder Hey and its Trust is incomprehensible. Senior management continue to bury their head in the sand, ignoring compelling evidence that Alfie has a fighting chance. Alfie’s parents find themselves fighting a bureaucratic behemoth with its enormous resources and vast legal budget.

Instead, Alder Hey seem more concerned about saving face than saving a young child’s life. As we have seen from Charlie Gard and Ashya King, Alfie’s situation is not without precedent.

Totally despicable, there is simply no excuse for torturing this baby for all these months, simply because the so-called medical professionals don’t want to look as evil as they are.

Last Sunday, Pope Francis…

Pope Francis used his Sunday Regina Coeli address to pray for Alfie Evans, saying his situation is “very painful and complex”.

The Pope called for Alfie’s human dignity to be respected, and said those who are terminally ill should be cared for “with the unanimous” support of family members and medical professionals.

The pontiff also prayed for Vincent Lambert, a 42-year-old Frenchman who has been quadriplegic for 10 years. His hospital recently ordered the removal of his food and water, against the wishes of his parents and the advice of other doctors.

“I entrust to your prayers persons like Vincent Lambert in France, and little Alfie Evans in England, and [persons] in various countries who live, sometimes for a long time, in a state of serious infirmity, and are medically assisted for their basic needs,” the Pope prayed.

“They are delicate, very painful and complex situations. Let us pray that every sick person is always respected in his dignity and cared for in a way that is suitable to his condition, with the unanimous support of family members, doctors and other medical professionals, with great respect for life.”

This happened after Tom, Alfie’s father met with the Pope, and Tom was reassured that Alfie could be treated at a hospital affiliated with the Vatican at no cost to the NHS, as well as reassuring him that he would receive diplomatic level support from the Vatican.

Sadly, The Catholic Herald reported today that:

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have defended Alder Hey hospital’s handling of dispute over seriously ill child Alfie Evans.

Hours after Alfie’s father, Tom Evans, met Pope Francis, the Bishops Conference of England and Wales said the “professionalism and care for severely ill children shown at Alder Hey Hospital is to be recognised and affirmed”.

During the meeting, Tom Evans begged Pope Francis to grant his son “asylum”, saying that British hospitals “do not want to give disabled children the chance of life and instead assisting in the death of children.”

“If your holiness helps our child you will be potentially saving the future for our children in the UK, especially the disabled,” he added.

Following the meeting, Pope Francis mentioned Alfie Evans at his general audience on Wednesday, saying: “I would like to reiterate and strongly confirm that the only master over life, from beginning to natural end, is God! And our duty, our duty is to do everything to preserve life.”

Such is Catholicism in Britain these days, at least as bad as the Church of England, although there are honorable exceptions in both churches, there are very few bishops included. A most unChristian stand, from the ‘leaders’ of a church that grew originally because of its respect for life from conception to the grave. We have a right to expect better.

Perhaps we shouldn’t expect better things from the atheist, bureaucratic NHS, who apparently has found it congenial to bury both its mistakes and its ignorance. But we have a right to expect basic Christianity from the Church. Well, we aren’t seeing that in Britain these days.

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15 Responses to Alfie’s Saga Continues

  1. Nicholas says:

    I find this whole situation very worrying. It’s heart-breaking. What makes me especially mad is that this is being done to a child, the most innocent of God’s creatures. I have no doubt, if the parents just removed him and fled to Italy, they’d be tried when they returned to the UK. If Oliver Cromwell were alive today, he’d have harsh words to say to the state and the state’s church. Sometimes I wish that God would raise up a leader with the spirit of Oliver Cromwell upon him, like Elisha had the spirit of Elijah upon him.

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      If I were his parents, and I could find a way out of the country, I think I’d try it. How horrible to have the state condemn your innocent son to death, mostly because they are to dense to figure out what is wrong with him – a whole new category of burying your mistakes.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Nicholas says:

        Shameful – I am becoming more and more ashamed of my country by the day – it fills me with grief and anger. Kyrie eleison.

        Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Indeed. Well this is the sort of thing that caused so many of us to be so unalterably opposed to Obamacare. Sarah spoke of Death Panels, and she was correct. I thought of posting this on AATW, but don’t want to cause C trouble, which he doesn’t deserve, but it needs more UK exposure. Wish I could do more!

          Liked by 1 person

        • Nicholas says:

          Yes, to be honest with you, I am frightened that one day people will come after me for things I say on WordPress, but we shall see.

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Been there. Don’t remember if you were with us, but Cs employment was jeopardized once, which is why for about a year, it was a private blog. I’m pretty invulnerable, being both retired and American, but it would be rather churlish to hurt my friends.

          Liked by 1 person

        • Nicholas says:

          Yeah, I remember part of that, though I may have been on my absence for some (or all) of the period when it was private; I recall being emailed, which seemed out of the blue, suggesting I had not been reading the blog assiduously. I am glad that things are a bit more settled there at present.

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        • NEO says:

          I am as well. It was a lesson in restraint for us all.

          Liked by 1 person

  2. the unit says:

    Quietus learning curve we are suppose to get used to.

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Quite.

      But I doubt a fair number of us are going to

      “Go gentle into the night”
      but will indeed
      “Rage, rage against the dying of the light”.

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        As considerate the left is, I’m sure they’ll excuse my learning disability…and award me better entitlements I deserve. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Of course they will! 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

  3. Nicholas says:

    Just seen on the Beeb that the Supreme Court has ruled against Alfie’s parents. Very sad. (Just in case any readers are unaware the Supreme Court is the highest court in the UK – it replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords).

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Sad, but not unexpected.

      Liked by 1 person

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