Looking through my pics gallery, I came across one of the first pics in 2017.
‘2017 – Lets Do This !‘.
And six months later.
One of the main stories in Britain at present concerns a young boy, Charlie Gard, who was born with severe physical difficulties. Again, there is some weirdness with Pope Francis, Donald Trump and Justice Francis but this isn’t about that.
The boy’s parents went public to save their son, after the hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is being cared for decided to remove life support.
‘The judge in the case of baby Charlie Gard has “dismissed” interventions from US President Donald Trump and the Pope, the Daily Mail says. Mr Justice Francis told the High Court only “dramatic and new” evidence could make him change his mind over his ruling in April that life support should be ended for Charlie, an 11-month-old whose rare health condition has left him severely brain damaged.’
But the story has reminded me of one of my most unexpected emotional days. And my emotions were probably nothing compared to others.
A friend of my daughter, when she was about 15 got pregnant – shit happens – and her son was born prematurely after about 25 weeks with severe problems. He suffered severe brain damage, and he couldn’t breathe on his own and lots of other medical problems. And he had been in a specialist baby unit for about 9 months.
One Friday, my daughter got a frantic call from her friend saying the hospital and her had agreed to take her son off life support. And would my daughter come to the hospital to support her.
And the next day we found ourselves in the baby unit as everyone said good bye. Actually, it was very beautiful in its way. The level of acceptance and love had to be experienced to be believed.
We left before he died, and later in the evening we heard he had passed away.
But there is always something weird going on. As I drove into the hospital car park, the news on the radio said a couple had gone to the High Court asking that their child should be allowed longer to live, as the hospital was going to remove life support. It wasn’t my daughter’s friend.
Up to that point, I was probably of the opinion that if life could be preserved with young children, it should be. But the parents main point is that there is a possibility of another treatment which may give Charlie some sort of quality of life. And who knows with medical improvements, ten years down the line ?
And other questions arise, such as who should be the final arbiter? The Government as represented by the Judge or should the parents make the decision ? It is their child and should a judge have the right to make such a decision ? Should the government have any input at all into the decisions regarding the upbringing of a child. Or is it sometimes a necessary evil ? And dont get me onto the fining of parents for taking their children out of school when they wish !
And on a broader scale I have wondered what the effect on ‘consciousness’ medicine, in general, plays and also looking into murkier areas, such as MK Ultra, how much medical experimentation effects our reality.
As well, ‘Great Ormond Street Hospital’ takes me back to the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Doctor my eyes. Whatever that means.
I have now come across three Anne Franks, who wrote a diary detailing their experiences in WW2. Just three different girls in different countries or the sign of a more complex reality ?
Anne Frank in Amsterdam.
Helene Berr – the French ‘Anne Frank’.
From Wiki :
‘Hélène Berr (27 March 1921 – April 1945) was a French woman of Jewish ancestry and faith, who documented her life in a diary during the time of Nazi occupation of France. In France she is considered to be a “French Anne Frank”.’
Rutka Laskier – the Polish ‘Anne Frank’.
From Wiki :
‘Rut “Rutka” Laskier (1929–1943) was a Jewish teenager from Poland who is best known for her 1943 diary chronicling the three months of her life during the Holocaust. She was murdered at Auschwitz concentration camp in 1943 at the age of 14. Her manuscript, authenticated by Holocaust scholars and survivors, was published in the Polish language for the first time ever in early 2006, drawing comparisons to the diary of Anne Frank instantly. It has since been released in numerous translations.’
And‘I Dreamed A Dream’ from Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo has gone viral after singer Matt Bond was filmed singing the song in Birmingham. Click Mail Online.
And ‘Elena the Dominatrix’ ! Click Mail Online.
Who’s scared of the Multiverse ? Or whatever it is.