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Old 05-15-2009, 02:19 PM
 
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I do not feel that a parent should deny their children medical treatments especially if there is a clear chance that what they are sick with can be cured. Children are dependant on us adults to do what is right by them. They can not make those types of decisions on their own and they are at the mercy of the ones whom they have been entrusted by God with caring for them. To deny a child some type of medical treatment is IMO child neglect and endangerment. I know that doctors do not know everything and it is not wise to always take the word of one doctor when someone is diagnosed with a possible fatal disease and cure for that disease. Second, third or even more opinions should be sought before anyone decides a course of action. If an adult wishes to deny themselves medical treatment that is a whole different story. They are old enough to make decisions about their own health, but a child under the age of 18 has little or no say over things that affects them personally. They have no voting power so they are dependant on the adults around them to make the best choices for them.

I didn't read the article, but just by reading some of the responses I know that this child has been diagnosed with cancer which has a high chance of being treated completely. It leaves me to wonder how did he get diagnosed in the first place? Obviously the parents took him to the doctor to begin with to find out what was wrong with him, so why are they so unconcerned now that they know what is wrong and using their religion as an excuse to deny him treatment? If they don't believe in medical intervention then why did they take him to a doctor in the first place?
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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Update. Judge rules family can't refuse chemo for boy | Comcast.net (http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20090515/US.MED.Forced.Chemo/ - broken link)
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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These parents should be thrown in jail.

You bring a child into this world, it is your duty to do the best to take care of him. Nutritional supplements are not proper treatment for Cancer. If they were, the world's medical establishment would be advocating them as treatment. Some obscure tribe of Native Americans does not constitute a group of medical experts.

What's next? Withhold food and water?

Stupidity is part of the human condition. None of us are impervious to it at times. But I'd be damned if I'd ever let it impeded my common sense to the point where I gave my son a premature death sentence.

And it seems the judge agrees with me.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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Sorry I posted first before I noticed someone else had already said this.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:53 PM
 
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i really don't know how to parse 1) my aversion for big government and my strong belief that people have a right to their own bodies and beliefs, from 2) my equally strong belief that children have to right to protection from abuse and neglect.
bingo.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:57 PM
 
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This reminds me of the episode of "Seinfeld" when the character George was told the cost to having his tonsils removed. When Kramer told him how much cheaper a "holistic" treatment would be, he jumped at that option.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:59 PM
 
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This reminds me of the episode of "Seinfeld" when the character George was told the cost to having his tonsils removed. When Kramer told him how much cheaper a "holistic" treatment would be, he jumped at that option.
You know, despite the dire nature of this situation, I could not help but think of that as well.
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:07 PM
 
Location: chicagoland
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These parents should be thrown in jail.

You bring a child into this world, it is your duty to do the best to take care of him. Nutritional supplements are not proper treatment for Cancer. If they were, the world's medical establishment would be advocating them as treatment. Some obscure tribe of Native Americans does not constitute a group of medical experts.

What's next? Withhold food and water?

Stupidity is part of the human condition. None of us are impervious to it at times. But I'd be damned if I'd ever let it impeded my common sense to the point where I gave my son a premature death sentence.

And it seems the judge agrees with me.

Yea right! lol. Now what kind of money is there in this when you can sell expensive treatments like chemo and radiation?????

Funny how everyone focuses on the treatment and the cure when the real anwers are in the causes.

This poor family. I hope that they DO get to make the decision in the end regarding their own son's life.
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:23 PM
 
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Now what kind of money is there in this when you can sell expensive treatments like chemo and radiation????.
Yeah, that's right....chemo & radiation are solely done based on the profits of big business. As a child of parents who both were diagnoseed with cancer (mom-breast/dad-skin), please send me the link to the rain dance & song they could have sang instead of chemo/radiation!

Thank goodness a judge stepped in for these people who were WILLING to let their son die.
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Yeah, that's right....chemo & radiation are solely done based on the profits of big business. As a child of parents who both were diagnoseed with cancer (mom-breast/dad-skin), please send me the link to the rain dance & song they could have sang instead of chemo/radiation!

Thank goodness a judge stepped in for these people who were WILLING to let their son die.
I agree...when it is a life or death situation...and the parents are choosing death for their son, someone needs to step in and protect that child from dying.

I do think parents absolutely should have the say in choosing care for their kids...and I also think it is only right for someone to step in to save a life that is totally salvageable...moreso a life of a child. How could any parent willingly let their child perish when they could be totally be saved? That is borderline abuse IMO.
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