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Thread: Judge Orders Teen to Cancer Treatment

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    Judge Orders Teen to Cancer Treatment

    A judge ruled Friday that a 16-year-old boy fighting to use alternative treatment for his cancer must report to a hospital by Tuesday and accept treatment that doctors deem necessary, the family's attorney said.

    The judge also found Starchild Abraham Cherrix's parents were neglectful for allowing him to pursue alternative treatment of a sugar-free, organic diet and herbal supplements supervised by a clinic in Mexico, lawyer John Stepanovich said.

    Jay and Rose Cherrix of Chincoteague on Virginia's Eastern Shore must continue to share custody of their son with the Accomack County Department of Social Services, as the judge had previously ordered, Stepanovich said.

    The parents were devastated by the new order and planned to appeal, the lawyer said.

    Stepanovich said he will ask a higher court on Monday to stay enforcement of the order, which requires the parents to take Abraham to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk and to give the oncologist their written legal consent to treat their son for Hodgkin's disease.

    "I want to caution all parents of Virginia: Look out, because Social Services may be pounding on your door next when they disagree with the decision you've made about the health care of your child," Stepanovich said.
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    This isn't much of a shock. When you make decisions that are so far out there that it's apparent you are risking the life or wellbeing of your child, the government should step in. To the extent that this is controversial, it is whether this treatment is something the child himself wishes to avoid. The policy there is inconsistent at best. We let young girls get abortions on their demand. It's just a problematic area of the law.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy James
    This isn't much of a shock. When you make decisions that are so far out there that it's apparent you are risking the life or wellbeing of your child, the government should step in. To the extent that this is controversial, it is whether this treatment is something the child himself wishes to avoid. The policy there is inconsistent at best. We let young girls get abortions on their demand. It's just a problematic area of the law.
    I've been following this case for a while as I am sure you have. I was not surprised by the court's decision. Its primary responsibility is to protect the minor child. Privacy and choice issues are secondary, IMO until the child has reached the age of majority.
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    I can understand why there are arguments to the contrary, but I think I probably agree. I can also see how the closer the child is to majority, the more likely an exception will be made.

    This is actualy the first I have heard of this particular case, though.
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    Hopefully the child gets the treatment and lives. When parents follow advice of people other than doctors for their childrens medical problems they are risking their childs life. It does seem to fall into child endangerment territory to me. Grown adults have the right to refuse treatment but adults I suppose but children need some protection.
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    Steve McQueen went to Mexico to follow the same treatment program and it didn't work for him either.

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    alternative treatment is still treatment.

    if the "alternative treatment" doesnt work, then you can say darwin had a hand in it.

    that said, just because a "treatment" is the common treatment, doesnt mean that it will work, or that its the best way to fix the problem. The parents obviously felt the alternative was the better choice. I think they have a right to decide that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finfansince72
    Hopefully the child gets the treatment and lives. When parents follow advice of people other than doctors for their childrens medical problems they are risking their childs life. It does seem to fall into child endangerment territory to me. Grown adults have the right to refuse treatment but adults I suppose but children need some protection.
    Problem as I see it is that the medical community gets more credit than they deserve. My father, when diagnosed with prostate cancer was given no more than one month to live. He started an "alternative" treatment and lived for more than a year after some of the best oncologists in SoFlo had written him off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhinPhan1227
    Problem as I see it is that the medical community gets more credit than they deserve. My father, when diagnosed with prostate cancer was given no more than one month to live. He started an "alternative" treatment and lived for more than a year after some of the best oncologists in SoFlo had written him off.
    Well Im not sure how advanced the kids situation is. If doctors told me I had a month to live I would try any experimental or alternative treatment available. If the doctors gave me a good shot with their treatment plans Id go with them. Doctors make mistakes, they arent god but I seriously doubt these parents know more than them and I seriously doubt judges would interfere just for the sake of interfering. Sounds like the Child has a shot and the parents and him are going with some pie in the sky alternative.
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