For reasons quite beyond my understanding I am unable to add comments to my posts, however, I can (I think/hope!) continue to post, as I am now doing on the fraught subject of Alfie Evans, the infant who has finally died. Let me begin by suggesting that some of the commentary (yes, SoD, that means you!) is more than a tad excitable. Some of it is bringing back memories of the 'late and unlamented' PeterG!
Let me remind everyone here that none of us has even the slightest idea of Alfie's condition or treatment prior to death. As much as one can gather via the press, his brain was, in effect, rotting away. What caused that condition or what you can do to treat it, let alone stop it, is the stuff of medical bio-chemistry and I would suggest that only a handful of doctors would have any understanding of it. As we all have to do from time to time, but thankfully not in such a dangerous condition, we can only put our trust in the doctors - because there is no alternative!
We do that during our lives with both fingers firmly crossed because we know - do we not? - that doctors are human, just like us, with their fair share of weaknesses but the great question overhanging our doubts and suspicions is simple - what is the alternative? Well, there is some sort of a safeguard, one which Alfie's parents took advantage of, and that is to apply to the judges for an over-view. However, as is obvious, the chances of a judge, no matter how senior in his or her profession, actually over-turning a doctor's decision is virtually nil - and quite right too because they know no more than the infamous 'man in the street'.
The other question which has raised blood pressure all round is the refusal of the doctors to release Alfie back to his home and his parents. Again, none of us knows exactly what sort of treatment was being administered to Alfie via some diabolically complicated machines requiring trained staff to operate them. Would this technology and the ability to use it have been available at Alfie's home? I doubt it. Usually, in these circumstances, hospitals, particularly children's hospitals like Alder Hey, have facilities that will allow parents to stay close by overnight.
Finally, and this is aimed directly at 'SoD', I would remind him that not only did every court in the UK back the decision but also the European Court of Human Rights! If we are to enjoy a civilised society then it is necessary to submit to the rule of law - even though we know that from time to time they will get it wrong - because the alternative is chaos.