Inquest opened into death of child removed from cancer treatment in 2009

Shades of Sarah Hershberger with this story. Back in 2009, the parents of 10 year old Tamar Stitt removed her from hospital care in Western Australia, chosing instead to pursue natural remedies. She died two months later.

Coronial inquest in death of Tamar Stitt, whose parents refused chemotherapy to treat her cancer.

Tamar Stitt reportedly died in El Salvador in November 2009 after a long battle with stomach and liver cancer.

The 10-year-old had been in the country’s capital city San Salvador receiving natural therapies after her parents, Trevor and Arley, flew her out of Perth the night before the Supreme Court of WA was due to decide if she should be forced to have chemotherapy.

It was reported that doctors had given her a 50 to 60 per cent chance of survival.

He said because of this, and other side effects, he decided it would not be in Tamar’s best interest to receive chemotherapy.

Today, the Coroner’s Court of WA revealed an inquest into the 10-year-old’s death would be held.

At the time, it was assumed that treatment would have been ORDERED for her but her parents removed her from the country and there was little sense in the pursuit. It is not clear from this piece WHY the inquest has been opened.

  2 comments for “Inquest opened into death of child removed from cancer treatment in 2009

  1. Chris Howard
    January 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Loaded question:

    Is child negligence/abuse okay, as long as someone’s beliefs (secular or sectarian) say it’s not negligence or abuse?

  2. Sophia Williams
    May 23, 2014 at 5:26 AM

    This is sad. The parents got the wrong idea about how alternative cancer treatments work. Holistic medicines are ideal for the early stages of cancer because it is mainly for prevention and slow extermination of cancer cells. It must have been too late for the child to start the treatment, they should have consulted with the experts first.

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