To The Daily Sun,
I think that It is sad that a number of writers on the right, and most recently Bob Meade in his column in the Laconia Daily Sun on August 1, continue to use the case of Charlie Gard .the little child from England, to advance their political agenda against socialized health care or single payer health care. If this was not the case then I would have thought that Mr Meade would at the least spend some time to get the facts of this case.
Charlie Gard, for those you not familiar with the case, was born with a very rare condition. The basis of this defect was that his RNA, which translates the codes locked in our DNA, could not communicate with his DNA, when it came to supporting his Mitochondria, which are the body’s source of energy in each cell on our body. Charlies brain, which is very metabolic had no way to continue to support these structures. Mr. Meade, stated he felt that it was wrong that the health care system in England did not allow Charile to participate in a trial of a new medication that could have possible have allowed him to live,” — "the court deny little Charlie life.” There is no evidence that these new meds even cross the blood-brain barrier. To benefit Charlie theoretically they would have to clearly do this. While it is heart breaking when a child dies, there is no proof of any benefit from these meds, or from some magical surgery as espoused by a local talk radio host.
Mr Meade may be more honest if he argues that it is okay to experiment on children during drug trials.
There was no nefarious plot by the physicians or the courts to deny Charlie life. My view is that they kept Charlie on life support to give the parents time to accept their fate. When it was obvious that this was not going to happen they made the correct decision to remove his life support. Decisions like this, believe me from someone with 30 years in medicine, are made each and every day in this country.
Finally Mr Meade thinks that they should have let the parents take Charlie home to take his last breath. His last breath was when the ventilator was turned off. He died under hospice care in the hospital. One question I would propose to Mr Meade: what do you think was the cost to keep Charlie on life support for eight months? And what was bill given to his parents after he died?
No, Mr Meade, who stated “we see the worst part of health care in England’s recent legal decision concerning Charley Gard.” No, Mr Meade, we saw a health care system which worked as it was designed for, to give everyone the right to health care, based on a right, not on their ability to pay.
Finally, Mr Meade makes one last shot at single payer care. Unfortunately again he gets it totally backwards. Mr Meade thinks that there are medical tourism companies, designed to bring people from health care poor countries like Canada into the states for elective surgeries. I find this hard to believe. While Medical tourism companies do exist they exist to allow people from the states to go to countries like Mexico, Thailand, India etc. for low cost elective surgeries.
Mirno C Pasquali PA-C
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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