13 Year Old Boy Getting Chemo After All

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    The boy will probaly live now.

    Of course, the courts may remove him from his family.
     
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    Glad the parents decided to do the chemo. Hope he beats it.
     
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    I believe the ruling sets a precedent on the road we don't want to go down.
    Granted, the chemo treatment has an 80-90% sauces rate, however, other cancer survival rates are not as generous. Do we want the courts to direct medical treatment?
     
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    does the boy want treatment and his parents are denying treatment? if the boy does not want treatment, what gives the state the right to force treatment?
     
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    It said in the article that the parents keep changing their minds but that the kid didn't like chemo. If he doesn't like this round of chemo everyone is afraid that he will bolt again.

    There was a tumor that had grown and is causing him some pain. A 10 on a scale of 1-10. That's why they brought him back this time.
     
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    From my reading, the boy had one treatment and it made him very sick. He threaten to "kick and punch" if he had to undergo another treatment. His parents sought out alternative medicine for his condition. I'm not sure who took it to court (physicians?) but he is now required to undergo more chemo. The boy threatened to run away so his mother took him "on the run". There is much speculation on where they were going, but they came back.
     
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    should the state have the power to force someone to undergo chemo therapy?
     
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    I agree. This is not a precedent we want to set. Giving authority to legislate treatment could lead to that same authority denying treatment.

    I don't think this will end with the young man getting the prescribed chemotherapy. Consider... if he dies, will the state file a wrongful death suit against the parents for delaying the treatments? If he lives, will child-welfare remove him from the home of "unfit parents".
     
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    The boy doesnt want chemo. Why is it good that he is being forced to get it?

    If he wants to pursue alternatives, why shouldnt he?
     

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