At certain stages in life we face problems, situations or perhaps an accident that threaten our lives. To decide who lives and dies is a natural decision of “the strongest”. Nowadays we face new technologies that make our lives better, save us from inminent death or make our lives easier.
We have known Charlie Gard’s problem, where technology cheats death. We’ve seen miracles in everyday medicine that are being reproduced by the doctor’s skills and wonderful machines that help us prevent sickness, treatments that allow us to survive and be plentiful.
Medicine has been there for centuries helping us battle sickness, it is a profession that requires a lifestyle. Not everyone can be a doctor; there are medical terms not known to the rest of the population.
And the main problem is that people become scared of the terms without asking for the meanings or googling thm and finding out another thing. Misinformation has taken us to decide things we are not sure or we ignore and we depend on who knows them.
When we talk about suffering, we musn’t forget that it is something inside the person that cannot be meassured nor taken as a deadly symptom. Doctors have the duty to cure and aliviate pain, not to take away suffering. Charlie’s suffering is not the question, nor does it allow the State to kill the patient. Furthermore, if there is nothing else to do, than accompanying the child through the last phases of his disease, making an extraordinary effort to keep him alive will affect him even more.