An Ohio hospital is fighting to force a 10-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after her parents decided to stop the treatments.
Akron Children’s Hospital is appealing a judge’s decision that blocked an attorney who’s also a registered nurse from taking over limited guardianship and making medical decisions for the girl.
The hospital believes the girl will die without chemotherapy and is morally and legally obligated to make sure she receives proper care, said Robert McGregor, the hospital’s chief medical officer.
“We really have to advocate for what we believe is in the best interest of the child,” he said Friday.
The parents initially allowed the treatment but stopped when they (understandably) were frightened of the side effects. They have now gone to natural remedies. Her cancer is treatable if the chemo continues. But is a serious issue if she does not continue treatment. Thus, we have this clash of cultures. Again. Seems like every day we have children as the victims of those who deny progress and knowledge for wishful thinking and hopeful nonsense.
UPDATE (28-Aug-2013): Yesterday afternoon, the ruling was overturned:
[A]n appeals court says the judge needs to re-evaluate, giving new consideration to the hospital’s arguments.
Attorney John Oberholtzer says the family is disappointed.
“The court of appeals said you disregard the parents in this case. And you determine whether or not this would be in the best interest of the ward – the person in question, in this case, being Sarah Hershberger.”
As it SHOULD be when the parents are not acting in the accepted best interests of the child.