Today, a U.S. doctor is examining 11-month-old Charlie Gard today in England. Dr. Michio Hirano of Columbia University Medical Center has treated others with conditions similar to Charlie's. Charlie, who is believed to have mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, can’t respond, move or even breath on his own. The hospital wants to take him off life support on their own time and refuses to let him go home for what would be his last few hours. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, want to take him to the U.S. for a last-ditch effort to try to help him, but they have been blocked by British courts and the European Court of Human Rights.
After a global backlash to the story, a British judge has agreed to hear evidence that taking Charlie to the U.S. for experimental treatment could improve his condition.
According to Bill O'Reilly, who spoke with Glenn Friday on radio, Charlie’s case is about more than just his tragic medical condition.
“It’s about power, it’s about euthanasia, it’s about abortion on demand, and the far left, the progressive left does not want those things questioned,” O’Reilly said.
In an Orwellian statement, the hospital has said that “a world where only parents speak and decide for children and where children have no separate identity or rights and no court to hear and protect them is far from the world in which [Great Ormond Street Hospital ] treats its child patients.”
O'Reilly also believes that those entrenched in the British health care system may too fearful now to admit wrongdoing, exposing cracks in the government-run program.