Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Your Good News of the Day: U.S. Saves Baby Oliver After U.K. Doctors Said His Heart Couldn’t Be Fixed

A precious baby is saved from the cruel death panels set up by the hateful and thick headed socialistic system in the UK. 

British Baby Oliver was born with a rare heart condition known as cardiac fibroma. The socialized healthcare system in the U.K. was not equipped to perform the necessary surgery to remove the non-cancerous tumor in his heart. Oliver would have to be put on a list to receive a heart transplant, and even then, he would only be expected to live to the age of 15, at the longest.

But due to the innovation and ingenuity of the United States, the necessary surgery was not only available, but had a 100% success rate at the Boston Children's Hospital.
This is the difference.  In the US, the health system, for all its faults, is not as constrained by bean counting socialists that make life or death decisions based on the almighty dollar/pound.  Here, doctors are allowed to strive to save lives, and due to that incentive and effort, the science advances, and what was once impossible becomes possible.
A good example is that premature babies are born and survive here far earlier than in the UK, which has an arbitrary cut off date for premature births, before which they will not even try to save the infant.  Their science stagnates, while ours advances.
This story is a great example of that process.  A surgery on a baby's heart here has a 100% success rate.  It isn't even attempted in the UK.
The British NHS initially refused to pay for the roughly $260,000 parents Lydia and Tim Cameron needed to fund the trip and procedure required to save their baby. The couple did not have the funds to save Oliver, so they resorted to crowdfunding, opening a GoFundMe page and asking the public to donate.
After funding nearly $170,000 on their own and garnering international attention, the NHS's hand was forced. The government finally announced that they would allow and fund the necessary surgery at Boston Children's Hospital.  Shame works wonders, and at least they had some shame to motivate them to do what they should have done in the first place.
Thankfully, Boston Children's Hospital was able to perform a successful surgery on 10-month-old baby Oliver in November of 2017. "When they told us Dr. del Nido had removed all of it, we were so happy we just burst into tears," said mother Lydia, according to the hospital's site.
So, bravo for young Oliver, and the capitalist heath system here in the US. Take careful notes Bernie, Alexandria, and all you Socialists out there.  There's a lesson to be learned here.