It has been proven that science and medicine can prolong life even if the body is in a coma for 30 years. That’s precisely what happened to a BC police officer that put him in an unresponsive state on a call of duty that his cruiser crashed into another police car on September 22, 1987. He died on April 11, 2018. The news (CBC) came with mix emotions.
I am playing this song (click here to play) as I write my thoughts about life.
What’s it all about, Alfie:
Is it just for the moment we live?
What’s it all about when you sort it out, Alfie?
Are we meant to take more than we give
Or are we meant to be kind?
That is a lifetime of care and courage to keep living until its natural end. There are honor and dignity provided. The commitment of the wife, society and medical faculty to maintain life regardless of the state is at highest ethics and moral service what one can provide.
Life is at the core.
On the far side of the world in Liverpool is a life of a child, Alfie, reported by Lifesitenews on the case (link). The parents exercised their fundamental rights to keep Alfie the right to live. The medical field determined that the boy is a vegetable and will remove the respiratory equipment against the parent’s wishes and plea. A high-court judge backed a lower court’s ruling that the hospital could withdraw life-support against the family’s wishes.
To call a human being a vegetable is dehumanizing, crude and cruel.
And if only fools are kind, Alfie
Then I guess it is wise to be cruel
And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie
What will you lend on an old golden rule?
As sure as I believe there’s a heaven above, Alfie
I know there’s something much more,
Something even non-believers can believe in
I believe in love, Alfie
Alfie is breathing on his own since April 24, 2018, when the breathing tube was removed.
In between this turmoil, the parents sought the helped of Vatican. Pope Francis heard their story and anguish. True to his form that life is sacred, Pope Francis offered to help the family by bringing Alfie to children’s hospital in Rome. Alfie became a citizen of Italy to receive treatment. This is good news!
Without true love we just exist, Alfie
Until you find the love you’ve missed you’re nothing, Alfie
When you walk let your heart lead the way
And you’ll find love any day, Alfie
“Great Britain’s highest legal authorities four hours ago rejected a request by Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, to be allowed to take Alfie from the Liverpool hospital, where he now is, and bring him to the Bambino Gesu Catholic children’s hospital in Rome, Italy, just a few hundred yards from Vatican City.
The judge, Mr. Justice Hayden, called his ruling the “final chapter in the case of this extraordinary little boy.” From the Letters of Dr. Robert B. Moynihan
I certainly hope the Queen of England will grant the wishes of Alfie’s parents.
Here’s a thought. What if, what if the same fate happens to one of the Queen’s grandchildren as Alfie? What would the Queen do?