I presume that everyone is aware of this case, whether they are in the UK or not. Charlie's parents have just announced that he died today.
I feel terribly sorry for them and for the baby in question but some of the way in which this has played out has irked me. Yeah, I know I don't have kids so maybe I should not judge but - the parents were told, by different specialists, that their child had no prospect of recovery whatsoever and yet they chose to fight that decision. Yes, maybe it's understandable - I don't know. But I think that they'd have been better off accepting the diagnosis many weeks or even months ago rather than condemning that baby to a life that was no life at all. I just hope that he was not, at least, able to feel pain but - there is no way of verifying that at all.
I heard a bird cry, sharp and free. My name is Jordan.
I agree but it's not just the pain he might have felt. In his state of mind, he might have been in emotional turmoil.
There is some suggestion the hospital consultants may have mislead the parents on the diagnosis, although I doubt that was a significant factor if, at all, that was the case. We cling to possibilities too readily sometimes even when there is no hope.
I'd like to think so but medical reports did not say that. We were told, "he cannot see, he cannot hear, he cannot make a noise, he cannot move." But we were not told he was brain dead. So the thought that he was in a non-responsive mental wasteland leaves me feeling chillingly uncomfortable.