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Old 01-08-2015, 12:01 PM
 
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Curious what other CT people think about this case.
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:16 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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I agree with the court's decision: Connecticut Supreme Court Decides Fate of 17-Year-Old Who Refused Chemo | Farmington, CT Patch

She's a minor and we don't allow them to commit suicide if we can avoid it.
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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For those of you who don't know this case, a 17year old girl with cancer is being forced by the state to have chemo-therapy. The girl contends that the therapy is poison and she does not want it in her body. The case went to the State Supreme Court. Below is a link to a Hartford Courant article on the case. Jay

Supreme Court Rules State Can Force Chemotherapy On Teen With Hodgkin's Lymphoma - Hartford Courant
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:49 PM
 
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A 17 year old is not a child and should have control of her body. If she committed a violent crime she would be charged as an adult. If she's responsible for that or responsible enough to drive then she's not a child even though we call her a minor. Hell, a 20 year old is a "minor" when it comes to alcohol. We have problems in modern society in recognizing when people actually become adults.

Refusing treatment like chemo is not committing suicide. In fact in many cases with low percentage survival odds it makes sense and it's the patient's decision. Chemo is horrible and doesn't work in many cases. 5 year survival rates for many cancers at certain stages like bladder, certain types of breast, liver(primary), pancreatic, gallbladder, stomach, certain types of leukemia's, glioma's of the brain, lung, esophogeal, ductal, and may others are under 10% survival. The chemo itself can cause death and/or other cancers along with a whole list of horrible side effects. It's truly poison. So the decision to "treat" in these cases is one that is the patients decision only. It's their body. Many times you are simply extending the dying process, not extending life.

Her cancer(Hodgkins) is highly curable though and she's making a moronic decision. It's her decision to make. You can't force medicine on someone that age. She's not a 12 year old. She'll be 18 in a few months and then they won't be able to do anything anyway. She had the cognitive ability to make the decision and understand it's consqueneces. A little child doesn't.

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Old 01-08-2015, 01:51 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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A 17 year old is not a child
Legally, 17 is a child.

As arbitrary as it is 18 is the age of majority. Her irrational decision making ("Maybe I'll take chemo later-- I don't feel sick now") belies her maturity and ability to make this decision.
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Old 01-08-2015, 02:03 PM
 
Location: USA
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It doesn't make any sense how a person can choose to have an abortion especially a 14 year old and not having consent from their parents BUT not medical treatment because they "might die". I think the government has taken away parental control and yet we wonder why kids are out of control. It's her body and the government shouldn't control what to do. It's her choice!
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Old 01-08-2015, 02:50 PM
 
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Wow that's pretty disgusting , the girl and mother both don't want it but yet some idiot is going against their will . Do we live in North Korea ?
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Bad decision on their part, but it is the mother's decision and she is an adult. Ignorant or not, it's their business - not the state's.
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:47 PM
 
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What a truly disgusting story. the state wants to have the hospital dump in toxins into an already acidic body. It is very clear that neither the girl or the mother want any more poison. And that 80% survival rate is for six months. After 5 years it is about 6%. Geez. Connecticut must be a real fun totalitarian place to live. What's next...chemo for the common cold?

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Old 01-08-2015, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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It doesn't matter how old she is. Getting chemo against your will has to be very traumatic. This girl will suffer PTSD no matter how long she lives.
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