Was Alfie Evans A Victim Of Socialized Health Care?
Published : April 30, 2018
Tom Evans and Kate James were fighting to maintain their son’s life despite the prognosis by the medical doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. After losing appeals by the couple to continue having their toddler on ventilation due to his undiagnosed neurodegenerative brain condition, Alfie was removed from life support on Monday, April 23. Doctors anticipated his death soon after, but little Alfie sustained himself for without oxygen, water, or nutrients for almost five days, at times being helped by his father giving him mouth-to-mouth.
His parents continued fighting for his life, pleading with the court to allow them to remove Alfie from the hospital, but they were denied. Tom and Kate then wanted to remove Alfie from the British healthcare system so that he may be treated at an Italian hospital, but the doctors said to continue treatment was “not in Alfie’s best interests.” In other words, the British doctors sentenced Alfie to death and he became a prisoner on death row.
Both Italy and the Vatican, at the behest of Pope Francis, said they would care for the toddler. Italy made the arrangements, which included making Alfie an honorary citizen, and a helicopter was waiting for the moment Alfie could be freed. Tom and Kate desired this for their son, but the British government refused to release the boy. Instead, England supplied a slew of police officers so that the toddler was barred from leaving. He became a prisoner to the state.
Tom let the world know that Alfie passed on Saturday morning, days after the verdict of death was given. On Facebook Tom wrote, “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings.” On the “Alfie’s Army Official” Facebook page, Kate informed members, posting “Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am. We are heart broken [sic]. Thankyou [sic] everyone for all your support.”
To be sure, a murder took place. Little Alfie did not commit any crime, but because of his disease, he was a burden to the all-controlling state. Burdens must vanish, and life carries on as if the burden never existed. Anyone who has read George Orwell’s 1984 recognizes the devastation of this philosophy of socialist control.
Big Brother’s control of life and information extended to the mainstream media, which chose to disregard the story, and why it would be of little surprise if this is the first time reading about Alfie’s story. Twitter scrubbed #AlfieEvans from its trending so as not to make people feel humanity. On all of the mainstream media webpages, no headlines were mentioned within 12 hours of the announcement of the toddler’s passing. He was gone from our thoughts, making room for Kanye’s Tweets, President Trump’s Michigan rally, and the bashing of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
But The Economist got in a final punch, claiming that the parents, the Pope, and the Italian government were duped. They report that the British judge who adjudicated the case said Alfie’s advocates were “fanatical and deluded.”
This has become a world where advocating for a little boy’s life is delusional. The sanctity of life is officially dead. The culture murdered the meaning of a life as now everyone, even a two-year-old, might as well be called a clump of cells.