A 10-year-old Amish girl with cancer in Ohio is caught between the state and her parents in a battle over who has her best interests in mind.
The girl, diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma, a highly treatable and curable disease, initially began chemotherapy treatment with the approval of her parents. However, she changed her mind when she began experiencing the difficult side effects of the treatments. She also expressed concern about becoming infertile due to treatment.
At that point, her parents withdrew her from the program at Akron Children's Hospital where she was receiving treatment.
The hospital’s chief medical officer, Robert McGregor, said the hospital is seeking guardianship over the girl in order to be able to deliver therapy.
"We really have to advocate for what we believe is in the best interest of the child," said McGregor.
In a July 31 ruling, Probate and Juvenile Judge John Lohn stated:
The court cannot deprive these parents of their right to make medical decisions for their daughter, because there is not a scintilla of evidence showing the parents are unfit.
The hospital managed to get an injunction to continue treating her while an appeal is filed. However, the girl's parents have been treating her with herbs and vitamins and have only brought her to the hospital once since the injunction was issued.
Source: Washington Post
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