Ohio guardian relents requiring treatment for 11 year old Amish girl

In an update to the roller coaster case of Sarah Hershberger, it appears the fight may be over. The guardian is giving up on mandated treatment.

Medical guardian drops bid to force chemo treatments on Ohio Amish girl with cancer  – NY Daily News.

A court-appointed guardian is dropping her attempt to force an 11-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after she and her parents fled their home to avoid treatment.

The move filed in court Friday will likely bring an end to a months-long fight between Sarah Hershberger’s family and a hospital that began when her parents decided to halt the treatments because they were making the girl sick.

Sarah’s father said the family doesn’t oppose modern medicine and that they didn’t make their decision based on religious reasons.

The guardian’s decision to withdraw from the case still needs final approval from a county court.

Hospital officials have said they are morally and legally obligated to make sure the girl receives proper care. They said the girl’s illness, lymphoblastic lymphoma, is an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but there is a high survival rate with treatment.

The doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital say her condition is treatable, but she will likely succumb to the cancer without continued chemotherapy. The family opted for natural treatments, such as herbs and vitamins, that we know do not work to get rid of the cancer. They might as well do nothing. However, they maintain she is getting better.

This decision, if approved by the court, will allow Sarah to receive her preferred treatment at home instead of making it an additional difficulty to be in hiding to avoid legal issues.

What a mess.

  8 comments for “Ohio guardian relents requiring treatment for 11 year old Amish girl

  1. RDW
    December 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Poor kid. I hate to see people suffer needlessly. Even though there are some things that one might admire about Amish people, if one chose to, this is certainly not one of them.

  2. Evolouie
    December 7, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    I am sorry but no. She is 11 years old. If her parents and legal guardian won’t do what is right then the court needs to make sure she recieves the proper medical treatment.

  3. December 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM


  4. Cathy
    December 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Chemo might make you sick but not nearly as sick as lymphoblastic lymphoma killing you. How are her parents going to feel about her feeling sick when the disease is making her die.

  5. Peta
    December 8, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    I hate to say this – but denial can be a very powerful thing. This of course does not vindicate the parents of this poor, long-suffering girl.
    As unhappy as the decision of the legal guardian makes me, it has occurred to me that she perhaps only made it as she was privy to the medical specifics of the case: i.e. that a 4-5 month break in treatment may well be likely to have rendered further chemotherapy next to useless (& therefore cruel in of itself). I suppose by “allowing” the parents to bring Sarah out of hiding, there may be hope that they at least seek palliative care if/when it becomes appropriate.

  6. ZombyWoof
    December 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Many people die because of religion.

  7. One Eyed Jack
    December 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    They will be sad and say “It was God’s will.”

  8. December 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    This did not appear to be directly religiously motivated. However, they were ignorant of science-based medicine.

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