Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Baby Charlie Redux

As we noted regarding the tragic case of little Charlie Gard, government-run health "care" really isn't about the care at all: it's actually all about control:

"Charlie's parents weren't asking for special care, or special funding, or that the Much Vaunted National Health System© (because ultimately, they own this) do anything more than get out of the way"

Now, another young Briton's health is in danger, this time a teenaged dancer participating in Britain's Got Talent, with a severe spinal condition:

"15-year-old Julia Carlile, who appeared on Cowell’s show "Britain’s Got Talent" along with her interpretive dance group ... she was going to need corrective surgery shortly after the performances on the show."

Problem is, the only treatment allowed by the Much Vaunted National Health System© would require steel rods that would effectively end her just-now-burgeoning dance career.

Enter Simon Cowell (really!), who has graciously donated almost a quarter of a million dollars to pay for her surgery - in the US.

That's right:

"Carlile opted for a medical procedure only offered in the United States called vertebral body tethering"

This procedure eschews rods for screws, promising her greater range of motion and a real shot at resuming her dancing. It's not even *offered* by the Much Vaunted National Health System© (or that other beacon of healthcare brilliance, Cuba).

Good thing she wasn't in hospital (as they say Across the Pond), else the rocket surgeons running the MVNHS© may well have locked her down, too.
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