By: Aedan Sara O’Connor
Proponents of socialized medicine proclaim that we need single payer health care to save the lives of children. They ignore programs like Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), that covers all kids, to purport that there are kids dying under the current health program and push socialized medicine. But how does socialized medicine really treat children? With most cases, children get healthcare, after increased waiting times but every once in a while we see a case that highlights the depravity of a socialist system, when care is rationed and controlled.
Alfie Evans is one of those cases. Alfie Evans was a 23 month old with an undiagnosed supposed neurodegenerative condition. He was expected to die after a year in the British hospital system. His parents disputed that Alfie’s diagnosis was terminal since they were unsure what he had. The British healthcare system refused to continue looking for his diagnosis but then the Italian government offered travel and medical care for the toddler on their dime.
So it was set, Alfie may have had a chance of being saved but then the UK government got involved and a court forbid him to leave the hospital and ordered him off of life support. The Italian government then made Alfie a citizen so he could be moved but the UK government would not allow that. They had police barring the Evans family from leaving the hospital.
I believe that the British legal system sentenced Alfie Evans to death, they said they wanted him to “die with dignity”. So the implication there is that somebody who fights or their life is “undignified’ in their death but someone who chooses to end their life by suicide or euthanasia is “dignified” and proper. It implies an early comfortable death is better than living with an issue or disability. It has the unfortunate implication that the lives of disabled people are less valuable than those of healthy people. And that is often the decision that is made in socialist healthcare scenarios, instead of doctors upholding their hippocratic oath. Rationing is what happens when there is limited resources, as with government healthcare and bureaucrats decide that “imperfect” people should not get access to resources over healthy babies. That is what I believe happened with Alfie Evans.
The British judicial system determined that Alfie’s life was no longer worth living, so they withdrew life support. He had survived for several day nonetheless. Doctors predicted he would die within minutes. His parents gave him mouth to mouth resuscitation and he was breathing on his own. Once the doctors had seen that he was surviving they should have reconsidered their initial assessment. Many protestors that demonstrated outside the hospital agreed and they begged the hospital to release Alfie and his parents. The hospital then denied Alfie food and water.
The Pope issued a request for him to be transferred to Italy, which the hospital ignored. Alfie succumbed to his illness on saturday. His father issued the following statement on Facebook “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30… absolutely heartbroken… I LOVE YOU MY GUY.” and the hospital followed with its own statement expressing their condolences.
Many prominent conservatives in North America and UK politician Nigel Farage spoke out against the treatment of Alfie Evans. By preventing him to go to Italy, which potentially would have saved his life, I believe that the UK government was complicit in the manslaughter or second degree murder of Alfie Evans. Will they ever be charged? No, but they should be.
I hope the case of Alfie Evans serves as a lesson to those who advocate for socialized medicine. When we entrust the government with our health, they can make decisions on our life. And we need to remember that the government does not care about us, they care only about their bureaucracy. I pray for the family of Alfie Evans but there is nothing that we can do to make up for the injustice that they have suffered. This was not a case of parents who could not accept that their son had a terminal illness. This was a toddler with an undiagnosed illness, one that doctors disagreed on. If there is any chance that somebody can be saved doctors must do what they can to try and save that person. They failed little Alfie and we must ensure that it never happens again.
Aedan Sara O’Connor is the founder and CEO of Dame Right. While she is an American patriot, she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. An avid political junkie and nerd, she created Dame Right when she saw a void to be filled in feminine conservative media. Her previous work has been featured in Daily Wire, The National Post, Rebel Media, Toronto Sun and Jerusalem Post.