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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 18, 2018

Alfie Evans case was tragic

By Mary LaFrancis | May 10, 2018

To the editor:

On April 19, The Ledger printed my letter titled “Good will prevail.”

The point I wanted to make is the power of our prayers in today’s world where it seems that good has become evil and evil good.

However another saying is “The only thing for evil to flourish is that good men do nothing!”

St. Mother Theresa says “Do the little things with love.” Another is “Do your best and God takes care of the rest.” Also, “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and all else will come.” “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” The 10 Commandments (not suggestions) are rules of love of God and neighbor. And there are more such sayings.

A case in point is the death of 23-month-old Alfie Evans last week in the United Kingdom at the hands of the doctors and courts.

Alfie was taken off of assisted breathing and continued for five days on his own with stable vital signs.

The hospital at the insistence of his desperate but helpless parents finally gave him water then food and some oxygen support.

I read that on that final night when Tom the father was out of the room, Alfie was given four injections (as was planned and announced by the hospital) and died two hours later.

This is a similar situation to Terri Schindler Schiavo in 2005 in Florida who died an agonized death almost two weeks later after her feeding tube was removed, the only thing sustaining her otherwise alert and healthy though brain-injured life. I was there and know first hand.

A Catholic principle I strongly believe as a nurse (I am and Alfie and his parents are Catholic) is that one is not to hasten nor delay death by direct or indirect means. This includes contraception, abortion, euthanasia, suicide, even capital punishment.

In order for “good to prevail” we are called to be aware, take action as possible, letters such as this one, contacting our legislators, exercising our voting privilege, most of all with Divine Guidance as we understand that. We should be appreciative and give thanks for our many blessings, especially in this country, and be mindful of the needs of those less fortunate and in need of protection as the unborn, those persecuted around the world as in no other time of history including human and sex trafficking, child labor and warfare, etc.

Then will “good prevail” to the greatest extent possible, with more that can be said about law, government, power and authority, including hospitals, doctors and courts, which must first come from God!

 

– Mary LaFrancis, Fairfield

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