Jacob, then 9 years old, was diagnosed with cancer. A tumor was successfully removed surgically, and follow-up treatment included radiation and
chemotherapy. Although a PET scan indicated that none of the cancer had returned, it was recommended that Jacob receive additional radiation and
chemotherapy. Jacob and his parents did not believe that further treatment was necessary.
When they refused the additional radiation and chemotherapy, the state of MIchigan took them to court on charges of "medical neglect" and tried to
the family to get the radiation and chemotherapy.
At the subsequent trial, the judge ruled that this is a physician-patient issue and that court intervention should not be necessary. Basically, he
ruled in favor of the family.
Now, In spite of the fact that Jacob has had three "clean" PET scans indicating that he remains cancer-free, the state has appealed the ruling,
opened a CPS case on the family, and continues to try to force a healthy child and his family to submit to a treatment plan that admittedly 30% of
children do not survive (5-year survival).
... Michigan Department of Human Services continues to attempt to prosecute this family for medical neglect. If they succeed they will force Jacob
to resume chemotherapy despite the fact that the drugs in question are not FDA approved (either for children in general or for this particular
cancer). Moreover, these drugs do not promise anything close to a guaranteed cure. And, the FDA requires the drug manufacturers to disclose that these
drugs cause new cancers to form, heart disease in children, failure to sexually mature, and many other serious side effects in some cases.
Original story HERE
Update with information about the appeal
What the HELL?
This is not a foster child, or a child in DHS custody. As far as I can tell from what I've read, this is a normal family with healthy children they
home-school, and there were no problems until Jacob got cancer.
The recommended treatment was followed initially, and for a change it was successful. Jacob is cancer-free.
Where does the State of MIchigan (or any governmental type authority) get off trying to intervene and force unnecessary and dangerous medical
treatments on a child against both the child's wishes and the wishes of his parents?
Not only is this possibly a medical conspiracy in the sense that the additional recommended treatments for Jason will net the providers $60,000 per
month for 6 months, it is also a horrible (in my opinion) violation of parental and civil rights.
As a responsible adult of "sound mind" and my own guardian, I have the right to refuse medical treatment, and have in fact done so. My cholesterol
was a "little high" and my doctor wanted me to take a statin. I refused and have instead followed a dietary plan and taken garlic and other
supplements. I'm happy to report that in one year I've lowered my cholesterol significantly and my doctor is pleased.
But, back to the issue at hand: Since when do parents not have the right to refuse questionable or risky treatments for their minor child? If Jacob
had an active, growing tumor and the parents were refusing to do anything about it, I could maybe see it. But the child's had THREE clean PET scans.
He doesn't have cancer
now! If his parents don't think he needs another six months of damaging radiation and chemotherapy, I think the state
should leave them the hell alone.
What do you think?