Baby Charlotte to be Put in Foster Care

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From The Daily Mail:


A severely disabled child whose parents fought a long legal battle to ensure she was kept alive is to be placed in foster care because her parents have been judged unfit to look after her.

Brain-damaged Charlotte Wyatt has confounded the predictions of doctors who wanted permission to switch off her life support machine and will turn three on Saturday.

Her parents Darren, 34, and Debbie, 25, ran up a 500,000 legal bill for the taxpayer as they fought for two years in the courts to force the hospital looking after her to ensure she was resuscitated.

Eventually, the Wyatts argued, she could be looked after at home. Their successful legal battle was hailed as a moral triumph by those who believe cost should be no object in keeping a child alive even if they require a lifetime of intensive care.

But despite now being well enough to leave hospital, doctors say she cannot go home to her mother or father as there is no stable two-parent home for her to go to

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First they wanted her to get no care so that she'd die, now they're refusing to let her parents take her home because they fear she might get inadequate care.

So let me make sure I understand it: The doctors want Baby Charlotte to die, but only because they choose to neglect her, and not because her parents made a mistake.

Wow! That was one of the most heavy handed articles I've ever read. Shame on the Daily News. Lot's of prayers for baby Charlotte.

Christina, I think in national health care systems like the UK, keeping costs down it the bottom line. Combine this with a medicated society that is terrified of pain and death to an extreme and you get the kind of attitude in this article and the comments that they are tormenting Charlotte by keeping her alive and spending lots of the money in the bargain. What they are missing is the point that the nanny state will always see children like Charlotte as too expensive and inconvenient.

Notice the reference to "switching off her life support machine." This is stupid. Baby Charlotte is not on a life support machine!!! The doctors were given permission not to resuscitate her, not to "switch off" something, because she wasn't on a machine. This article makes it sound like the child is living on a respirator. I note, too, that instead of emphasizing how wildly better than predictions she is doing, how the doctors were just wrong and wrong again, the article emphasizes a) how expensive she is to care for, even though she needs only oxygen and food and b) how she is mentally disabled. Well, heck, maybe we should just toss her in a ditch, then! You wonder what they would propose.

Finally, it is terribly sad that her parents broke up. Finally it got to the point where they were going to be allowed to bring her home, and despite their being on welfare it looks like that may have actually happened, but their marriage broke up and the father attempted suicide. _Not_ the best way to try to convince the authorities that you can take care of a disabled child. I know of no details of the breakup, but it was a sad finish to their long fight.

Lydia, after all the stress that people caused them by trying to kill their baby, it's a miracle that they didn't go postal. Prayers that they patch things back up.

This dear couple, who have fought valiantly for their precious
child's life, needs to be adopted by a good church to
help them mend their mariage.

Charlotte needs them both!

The pro-life movement ought to have a huge
fundraiser to help Charlotte's mom and dad defray
the debts so they can carry on loving their baby.




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