Saturday, July 05, 2014

Justina Pelletier finally released

I posted about Justin Pelletier in Nov. 2013Feb. 2014, and Mar. 2014, and now she has been released:
Returning to her parents home after spending 16 months out of their custody, Justina Pelletier is now speaking out about her treatment while in the care of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and at Boston Children’s Hospital.

“This should never happen again to anybody,” the 16-year-old from Connecticut said in an interview with Mike Huckabee on Fox News. “They should never be put through what I’m put through. They were so mean and nasty to me and they were being mean and terrible to my family also and no one should be put through that — no one.”

Justina was taken out of her parents custody on Feb. 14, 2013, after they took her to Boston Children’s Hospital when she was suffering complications with the flu. At this hospital, physicians disagreed that Justina had mitochondrial disease, a diagnosis given to her by a doctor at Tuft’s Medical Center, and said she had somatoform disorder instead, one that would put the root of her physical symptoms as psychological. ...

During this time, Justina said didn’t know too much about what was going on.

“They didn’t really tell me anything. They told me that DCF took custody of me and that my family can’t talk to me. … They were saying that they were over-medicalizing, which they were not,” Justina told Huckabee.
It does appear that CPS (DCF) unreasonably took sides on a legitimate difference of medical opinion. I can understand CPS taking action when there is overwhelming medical advice that the parents are refusing a life-saving treatment. It should not have taken 16 months to see which physician was right.

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