Monday, November 02, 2009

British Healthcare System Wants To Kill Infant With Breathing Problems

Still want an omnipotent government-run healthcare system? Maybe you will change your mind after reading this story.

In England a hospital is seeking permission to kill a couple's infant because he was born with congenital birth defect with makes breathing on his own difficult. The baby has to be assisted with a ventilator. This does not stop the child from functioning. He plays with his toys and responds to his surroundings. The reason they want to kill him is because they say his quality of life is too low.

Who are they to decide this? The parents are split on this also, but for the life of me I cannot fathom what kind of macabre world we live in where a living human being can be sacrificed on the altar of medicine just for some sort standard of life that doesn't meet their ideals.
Despite having to remain in hospital and being dependent on a ventilator to breathe, he enjoys having stories read to him and listening to music, they say.

The lawyers are submitting video footage to the court, which they say shows him playing with his toys.
Lest you think this is some sort of disease that reduces its sufferers to some sort of vegetative state, think again.
An estimated 300 people have CMS in the UK, with varying degrees of severity.

Some who inherited the condition die soon after birth, while others can expect to live a relatively normal life with medication.
Is this what human life is being reduced to? Some sort of data point on an actuarial table? What makes this act any different from the Islamic homicide bomber who walks into a school and kills children?

Is this what you want in America?

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