Switching off Alfie Evan's life support has been delayed after Pope Francis intervened in a public Twitter post his hopes that "everything necessary would be done".
Yes Pope Francis, the Vatican associated hospital understands palliative care. Yes Pope Francis, what Alder Hey proposed was barbaric. And yes, that hospital did not even do the most basic things for that child's comfort. Within 24 hours, MEP Steven Woolfe met with the staff at Alder Hey and Alfie's parent's. Following that meeting he tweeted this.
The delay means there will now be a series of meetings to discuss the best options for Alfie - including the possibility of treatment abroad which his parents have fought for all along.
One has to wonder why it took a tweet from the Pontiff to give an MEP pause. One has to wonder why no one intervened similarly with the global outcry over Charlie Gard or the much less publicized death of Isaiah Haastrup. Both of these children were essentially sentenced to suffocation by their "healthcare providers" and the courts.
This is a victory for compassion and life. Let's hope the delay is permanent and Alfie gets the compassionate care he needs as his parents wish. Let's also pray that this forces those in the U.K. who can affect change take a long hard look at this barbaric practice and force NHS and the courts to uphold the World Health Organization definition of palliative care.