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.
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.