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MUNICH, Germany, April 27, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A leading German pediatrician is saying that the way the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is dealing with disabled toddler Alfie Evans and his parents would never happen in his country given its history with the Nazi regime.
“We have learned in Germany because of our history, that there are things that you do not do with severely disabled patients,” Professor Nikolaus Haas, head of the Child Cardiology and Pediatric Intensive Medicine Unit at Munich University Hospital, told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper in an April 26 article.
“Our ethical understanding in Germany is different, I mean – thank God. The [hospital’s] logic that it is better for the child to die than that someone else looks at it, and even to sue [for that] in court, this is an unimaginable behavior for me,” he said.
Professor Haas may have been referring to the euthanasia program of Nazi-ruled Germany in which, between 1939 and 1945, thousands of children with mental or physical disabilities were exterminated.
Alfie Evans, who is just under the age of two, remains in Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool after being removed from his ventilator Monday evening. He defied doctors’ expectations by beginning to breathe on his own. Parents Tom and Kate have been fighting every step of the way for their son to be given oxygen, food, and water. They have asked the courts to allow their son to travel to Italy for treatment, but in a series or rulings this week, the courts sided with the hospital.
A video taken Monday evening by Tom Evans, on what was supposed to be his son's “execution” day, shows the 23-month-old toddler responsive and alert, blinking and looking around the room.
A group of British doctors condemned on Tuesday what they called Alder Hey's “medical tyranny” regarding the care of Alfie.
“We are deeply concerned and outraged by the treatment and care offered to Alfie Evans,” the doctors wrote. “Actions such as these have now brought the Alder Hey Hospital to worldwide attention and by extension bring our whole profession into disrepute,” they added.
Yesterday Tom Evans read what many called a “hostage letter” in which he asked that Alfie supporters leave hospital grounds and “allow myself, Kate and Alder Hey to form a relationship, build a bridge and walk across it.”
Meanwhile, a British Politician launched a campaign yesterday for “Alfie’s law” to give parents more say over their children’s medical care.