Oliver Cameron is one of the fortunate babies who survived the UK socialist healthcare system, and thanks to the tireless efforts of his parents and doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital, Oliver is alive and thriving today.
When Oliver was born in the United Kingdom, he had a large, non-cancerous tumor in his heart, called a cardiac fibroma. It was so rare that doctors in the UK weren’t able to treat it. Only a handful had even seen it. It was one of the largest they had ever seen.
“They couldn’t treat the tumor in the U.K. because they didn’t have any doctors with the right expertise,” his mother, Lydia, said. “They said our only option was a heart transplant, but we thought there must be another route, so we started doing our own research.”
Their research led them to Boston Children’s Hospital, where another little girl, Francesca, had successfully had her large cardiac tumor removed. Lydia reached out to Francesca’s doctors, Dr. Pedro del Nido and Dr. Tal Geva and sent Oliver’s records to them.
They said he’s be a good candidate although NHS doctors were insistent that Oliver’s tumor could not be removed.
The Cameron family had to find a way to pay for it. NHS wouldn’t pay so they fundraised. As it happened, NHS agreed to pay and they sent two cardiologists and a cardiac surgeon to learn from the doctors at Boston Children’s.
In November, 2017, Oliver underwent eight hours of surgery. Even though the tumor was the largest they had seen, they surprisingly, were able to remove it all
Oliver made a rapid recovery.
“This experience has shown us how much good there is in the world,” Lydia said. “So many people supported us along the way, from near and far. And without Dr. Geva and Dr. del Nido, we would have lost Oliver. Miracles do happen — and we are grateful to be celebrating ours.”
If Oliver’s parents hadn’t fought for him, he would have had to wait for the rare infant heart transplant. It probably would have never come.
MP Steve Woolfe introduced a bill he called “Alfie’s Law,” which would restore parental rights to prevent injustices like those suffered by Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans from happening again.
“The cases of Charlie Gard, Aysha King, and now Alfie Evans, show a dangerous trend of public bodies depriving parents and families of the right to make decisions they believe are in the best interests of their children,” Woolfe said during a press conference.
“Parents’ rights should neither be ignored nor dismissed as irrelevant by hospitals and courts, who believe they know best and have the power, money and resources to overwhelm families who simply want to save their child.”
With socialized medicine, parents are removed from the decision making.
THIS STORY WAS POSTED ON REDDIT, THE COMMENTS WERE INTERESTING
We included a few of the comments by users who are unhappy about their socialist medicine, All of the comments about Single Payer were negative:
“If you make a decent income in Canada or France where I live, you pay way more than $6.6k. In France, 50% of people don’t pay taxes, so yeah, it’s free healthcare for them. For people who make a living or a good living, it’s outrageously expensive and outdated.”
“Iirc on average every person in the US spends $10.5k on healthcare every year (aggregate). Whereas in Canada the govt spends $6.6k every year per person. And before I get downvoted for being a statist, I hate socialised healthcare, it’s cheaper because it’s horrible”
“I live in Canada. It is horrible. Once I had a debilitating migraine and it took them three whole months to book an appointment with an neurologist, and the wrote the wrong date on my slip so I missed the appointment. Like… I’m lucky it wasn’t brain cancer.”
“When I was in Australia I had severe stomach aches for nearly 24 hours. Parents thought it might’ve been appendicitis, took me to hospital, then 5 fucking hours later I finally saw a doctor, they looked at me, spoke for a bit, said “back in a bit” and came back 2 hours later with medicine. Luckily not appendicitis, just gastro.
Compare this to when I was in Singapore, I cut my foot open quite badly on the sidewalk, far less potentially deadly, went to hospital, got it x-rayed about a minute after walking, or rather hopping, in, then got stitched up and sent home maybe in about a total of 40 minutes being there, cost like $300.”