An Ohio hospital wants a guardian appointed to decide if a 10-year-old Amish girl should receive chemotherapy against her parents’ wishes. From Ohio Public Radio station WKSU, Kabir Bhatia reports the girl was diagnosed with leukemia last spring.
After one round of chemo at Akron Children’s Hospital in June, the family stopped treatment because the side effects were so bad. They say they’re pursuing a program of natural herbs and vitamins.
In July, a local judge blocked the hospital’s request to allow an attorney -- who’s also a registered nurse -- to make medical decisions for the girl.
Akron Children’s is appealing and expects a decision next week. Spokesman Robert McGregor says time is of the essence, as the cancer was treatable when the girl was first diagnosed.
“She should have an 85-plus percent chance of survival. Without treatment, it’s uniformly fatal.”
The judge’s ruling says a guardian can only be appointed if the girl’s parents are deemed unfit.