Have you been keeping up on the situation over in England regarding the baby that is not allowed to leave the hospital? If you are on social media such as Twitter or Facebook, it would be very difficult to miss this story happening right now in the UK. It is all over the television and is on a continuous news cycle being reported live any new updates pertaining to the case.
The parents of a little boy, named Alfie Evans have been denied the right to seek proper medical treatment for their son. He has been held captive at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and not allowed to leave with his parents to get necessary medical treatment in another country.
Alfie has (potentially) a degenerative neurological condition, which has not been officially diagnosed. It has been reported that Alfie is a semi-vegatitive state which leaves him largely unresponsive to external stimuli.
However, according to his parents, he has shown some responses to cuddling and being held. His parents have not given up hope for their little boy, for whom they want the best for. And even the Italian government has granted the child Italian citizenship and lined up a transportation plan that could quickly bring the sick 23-month-old boy to a Vatican hospital. But Alfie’s doctors say he cannot be healed and shouldn’t make the trip at all.
It has been an emotional week for the parents and I cannot even begin to imagine what they must be feeling. (Alfie has been in the hospital since 2016)
The hopelessness, anger, and frustration as they watch their son not be able to receive the medical care needed.
To sit there and know that you are not allowed to give your child the chance to receive necessary treatment that could sustain his life or offer an improvement for his condition; would crush the spirit.
As a mother who has been in the hospital with severely ill children, I know how lonely, depressing, and overwhelming it can be.
I have seen my second born spend the first year of her life in and out of the hospital being treated for a potentially life-threatening genetic condition, and at one point we were told that she may die and there was nothing they could do.
I have been there when my son had a seizure had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital.
I have been there when my youngest daughter was air-lifted to a children’s hospital with a potentially life-threatening condition.
I have been there in the hospital when my sixth child, a son, died in our arms. I saw him take his last breath. I remember the struggle of watching his little body lose the fight to live. And I remember the life leaving him, his body turning blue, and his body eventually turning stone cold.
My son had a genetic disorder that was deemed incompatible with life. We knew that without kidneys and a bladder that David would not survive. We knew the time we had was precious.
However, if there had been an inkling of hope for our son to live that we would have advocated for his right-to-life.
How Far is Too Far?
The government nor health professionals have absolutely no right to determine that a child’s life is over. Essentially, they are saying that a child does not deserve to live. My heart and prayers go out to this family.
As a parent,
I already feel that the government is too controlling and too interfering, but for the government to essentially take the place of the parent has gone too far. Last year about this time, my family had its own run-in with the type of governmental control over our own health care. The government feels that my 12 and 13-year-old (daughters at the time) knew what was best for themselves and my husband and I were removed from having access to their medical records.
You, along with your husband know what is best for your children. Nobody knows your family like you do. We are slowly losing our rights as parents in many ways, and health care is one area that the government should have no control over. The choice alone should be ours.
Ultimately, the governing authority lies in the hands of our Lord. May He be our source of strength, peace, and hope in times like this.
Scripture for Hope in Times of Trouble
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!
2 Corinthians 4:8, 16-17
Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”
“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
“God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers. “Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted, too.”
Matthew 5:4, 10-12
Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”
“When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home
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