Pastor Franklin Graham took to Facebook to voice his opinion concerning the situation related to Charlie Gard and his parents. Graham minced no words when it came to the horrific treatment Gard and his parents have received from a hospital that is supposed to care for him and a court system that is supposed to protect his life.
Charlie suffers from a rare genetic disorder, mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which can cause weakened muscles and organ dysfunction, among other symptoms, and though his parents have raised money for additional treatment and hospitals around the world have volunteered their services, hospital officials have refused to allow the infant to be released to his parents.
As a parent and a grandparent, this is so alarming. 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. 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.
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This is one of the dangers of socialized medicine. 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. Let them know you’re praying
Now that a judge has granted a new hearing on Thursday in the case of Charlie Gard, his parents have two weeks to convince the judge that they ought to have the right to allow their son to try an experimental therapy.