What the struggle for a baby’s life reveals

By Julie Hocker – – Thursday, July 13, 2017

Millions across the world are fighting, praying, and hoping for 11-month-old Charlie Gard’s chance to pursue living.

Here, across the pond in the United States, we have leading doctors and physicians offering treatment, nonprofit organizations collecting donations, and a president providing unqualified support. But, while it is easy to empathize with Charlie’s parents and their wish to treat him, it may seem difficult to understand how this international conversation and battle will ever impact you (a person now in a stage far past infancy). A seemingly single, one-off event caught on the international stage somehow feels isolated; surely it cannot possibly be the symptom of a broader culture shift right?


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