Two parents fighting for the right to decide their child’s medical treatment are in hearings in Britain’s High Court. Should the government be able to choose when their child dies?
Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo and founder of LifeAndHope.com, joined Thursday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” to talk about the tragic Charlie Gard story.
Charlie is an 11-month-old baby in London with a rare genetic condition that doctors say is terminal. His parents want to take him to the U.S. for experimental medical care, but the European Court of Human Rights has ordered the hospital to remove his life support so he can die “with dignity.”
Schindler understands what it’s like to be told by a court that your loved one needs to die. Terri Schiavo went into a coma in 1990 and then lived in a mostly unresponsive state for 15 years. Her case was a flashpoint for the “right to die” debate surrounding patients on life support when her family fought to keep her alive. Michael Schiavo, Terri’s husband, won the case and had her feeding tube removed in March 2005; she died 13 days later.
Visiting Charlie’s parents in London, Schindler noticed the toll the ordeal was taking on the couple.
“This is just day-to-day torture for them, not knowing,” he said.
Schindler theorized that the U.K. hospital can’t take the risk of releasing the child to the U.S. for experimental treatment and their diagnosis being proven wrong. Charlie’s parents raised more than $1 million to take him to the U.S. for treatment; President Donald Trump has offered U.S. assistance, while the Vatican children’s hospital in Rome has also offered to provide care.
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