The situation of the critically ill baby Charlie Gard has been taken over by a pro-life pastor with a history of publicity stunts, leading to fears he is trying to exploit the case for political purposes.
Rev Patrick Mahoney, has flown to London from Washington to act as self-appointed spokesman for the parents of Charlie, Connie Yates, and Chris Gard, in their fight a legal battle that allows it to be taken abroad for the experimental treatment.
The doctors at the Great Ormond Street hospital, have argued that the therapy with Charlie in the united states is unlikely to have a beneficial outcome.
Mahoney was initially forbidden to pray on Charlie side of the bed, a decision which he said was a “scandal” and an example of the hospital’s disregard for the wishes of the parents of Charlie. When the hospital officials not to allow the interior, Mahoney is quick to treat this as a “victory”, posting a picture of himself for Charlie’s bed next to their parents.
Quick guide to Charlie Gard and mitochondrial disease
What is wrong with Charlie Gard?
Charlie has a very rare mitochondrial disease caused by a genetic defect inherited from their parents. The official diagnosis is the start of child encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which is usually referred to as “MDDS”.
What is mitochondrial disease?
Mitochondria supply energy to cells in the human body. Mitochondrial failure leading to cell injury and cell death. When several cells fail, the organs of the body are damaged and shuts down. These diseases are usually fatal and kill children, but sometimes do not appear until adulthood. Where there is matte, which causes severe permanent brain damage.
What is the harm to Charlie?
Charlie is in intensive care at Great Ormond Street hospital in London, the main children’s hospital in the united kingdom. Life support machines are keeping him alive. The hospital says that he has severe brain damage, unable to move or breathe by himself, is deaf and has epilepsy. It is said that his heart, liver and kidneys are also affected. Your eyelids can’t stay open and because of the weakness of the muscles, their eyes point in different directions, and the damage to the brain will not allow your eyesight to develop. However, Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, said in the BBC 4’s Today show Monday that her son is sensitive, enjoying tickles and videos with their parents. She also said that she had yet to see the proof that your son had an irreversible brain damage.
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The pastor said that the hospital could give in on the issue of allowing Charlie to travel. Writing on Facebook, he said: “A wonderful update and the victory. The hospital allowed me to go to pray with Charlie. I’m here with her parents, Chris and Connie. We’re going to believe in a miracle and the Great Ormond Street hospital [God] would continue to do the right thing.”
Even went on to suggest that his prayers were answered when the hospital announced another hearing in the court about Charlie’s treatment. At the beginning of the week, Mahoney told White House officials about Charlie’s situation, after Donald Trump offered to help their parents.
Mahoney self-advertising of the intervention follows a familiar pattern in the causes that it has adopted. At 63 years of age and the father of three describes himself as an “advocate of the struggle and oppressed.” He says that he has “worked extensively in … pressing problems of social justice from a Christ in the center of the biblical perspective.”
He is best known in the U.S. as a fervent pro-life activist and former national spokesman for Operation Rescue, an anti-abortion group with links to the violence in the clinics and against abortion providers. In 1992, he was sentenced to six months in prison and three other men for violating a restraining order, the prohibition of demonstrations in front of abortion clinics in Texas.
He is also one of the founding members of the US against the abortion provider Stanton Health care, which helps women with “the challenge of pregnancies”, including the promotion of rape victims to give birth.
In your Facebook profile of Mahoney suggests that he had a central role in several major recent events. He says that he was the first American to walk the Dublin to Belfast road for peace, without giving more details. He also says that he has been “very active in Christian and Islamic dialogue”.
The pastor also says that he was to have been a “champion of the protection of religious freedom around the world”. He was arrested twice in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square during the Beijing Olympic games after the march with banners saying “Jesus Christ is the King”.
Mahoney said that he had prayed in the high court where the last hearing in the protracted legal battle was to be heard on Monday.
Alison Smith-Squire to Feature World was acting as spokesman for the parents of Charlie until he was usurped by Mahoney last week. She is now worried that Mahoney is the use of Charlie difficult political situation and religious of the cross.
She said: “Connie and Chris have been the sweetest and most genuine people that I have worked with. I think that they are in a very vulnerable situation, and after you’ve gotten all of this publicity, Mahoney seems to be taking advantage of in your case to make the most of it.”
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She added: “I helped to raise the profile of his case in a very sensitive and never asked for any money from them. At the beginning I was advised to Connie and Chris did not approach the media, but to try to resolve the case behind closed doors. I wanted Heaven and the family to mediate and come to some agreement.
“Only when it reached the cut that we did with the precautionary approach of the media. The story came to be so large that it came to the attention of the pope and Donald Trump. After Trump twitter, things began to change. I was no longer in regular contact with Connie.
“From the day of Triumph twitter [Mahoney] had been there, fluttering your way with your supporters. I tried to tell Connie that this could be negative for her, but she did not return. And it seemed that it was said to take a much more aggressive approach with God. It was wrong to march in the hospital. All doctors have a very difficult job, and I felt it would be detrimental.
“I was taking care of them in an ethical way, and I was eager to pursue a non-confrontational approach with Gosh in the interests of all involved.”