England is a nation divided.
As Prince William and Duchess Kate welcome a baby boy into their family, the life of another British baby boy is ebbing as a hospital and a host of courts refuse to allow his transfer to a facility in Rome that will try to save his life, or at least prolong it.
This is not only tragic, it’s outrageous!
In Liverpool, Baby Alfie Evans has been breathing on his own for more than 24 hours after his ventilator was switched off. But Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool has denied him nutrition for those 24 hours because they have given him a death sentence and they are hell-bent on carrying it out.
His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, have even been prevented by police and security guards in the hospital from taking their son out and into an ambulance waiting to whisk him to an airfield for a flight to Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome. Hundreds of supporters gathered outside tried to storm the hospital, to no avail.
Even the support of Pope Francis and the decision by the Italian government to grant Alfie citizenship cannot convince the hospital and courts to let Alfie go.
Bishops throughout the world have shown support for Alfie, who is, like his father, a baptized Catholic. The bishop of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, got together and recorded a video and signed a letter of support for the family. Bishop Francesco Cavina of the Italian Diocese of Carpi arranged for Alfie’s dad to meet Pope Francis. In Liverpool, Fr. Gabriele Brusco has been ministering to Alfie and his family.
But this is a British baby, so I can’t help wondering why the royal family doesn’t say something publicly about this unthinkable cruelty?
Why hasn’t Prime Minister Theresa May weighed in on this now-international incident?
Why are Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John silent?
The family wants nothing from this hospital. They just want to gather their child – THEIR child – in their arms and carry him out of that indifferent “care” facility.
I hope and pray that Alfie outlives every one of the doctors and judges who were so willing to sign his death warrant, but it’s much more likely that he will not.
And since not even a year has passed since the British health care system let Baby Charlie Gard die, we can be sure it won’t be long before another baby finds himself or herself in this situation – held hostage by physicians and judges who would rather see them dead.