Amish Girl Who’ll Die Without Chemo Cuts Off Contact

(November 27, 2013) Sarah Hershberger, 10, an Amish girl with leukemia who doctors say will die without chemotherapy, hasn't been in contact with the guardian appointed to make medical decisions for her after her parents decided to stop her treatments, an attorney says.

The guardian's attorney says the girl’s parents haven't responded to attempts to reach them since an Ohio appeals court in October sided with a hospital seeking to force the youngster to restart chemotherapy.

The attorney says the girl hasn't resumed treatments at Akron Children's Hospital and it’s not clear whether she's undergoing chemotherapy anywhere else.

Doctors at the Akron hospital say the girl will die without the treatments.

Later Wednesday the attorney representing the girl said she and her family have fled from their home in Ohio, leaving the U.S. at one point, to keep the girl from being forced to resume chemotherapy.

The attorney says the family left just days before a state appeals court appointed the guardian.

Attorney Maurice Thompson said he doesn't know if the family has returned to the United States.

Sarah's parents, who were living in northeast Ohio's Medina County, stopped chemotherapy because they say the effects were terrible and opted instead for natural medicines, such as herbs and vitamins.

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