Hospital Challenges Parents’ Decision To Stop Girl’s Chemotherapy

MEDINA, Ohio (August 23, 2013)—Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio is seeking a court order to give an attorney limited guardianship over a 10-year-old Amish girl with leukemia whose parents decided to stop the girl’s chemotherapy.

A juvenile judge blocked Akron Children's Hospital's request to allow an attorney who's also a registered nurse to make medical decisions for the girl and the hospital is appealing the ruling.

The judge ruled in late July that the girl's parents can make medical decisions for her because there's no evidence they are unfit.

The parents initially allowed chemotherapy treatment, but stopped after their daughter begged them to.

Her parents say the treatment's effects were terrible and say they're now using "natural" medicines, such as herbs and vitamins.

The hospital says the girl will die without chemotherapy.


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