Saturday, February 27, 2016

Bulletin: Justina Pelletier: Massachusetts: Her father says the lawsuit Justina's parents have launched against Boston Children’s Hospital and Dr. Alice Newton for allegedly accusing them of medical child abuse was not about revenge but rather about making people accountable and making the medical community think twice before they take actions that can do damage to a child and a family that can be irreversible." ..."Justina was being treated at Tufts Medical Center for mitochondrial disease when her parents brought her to Children’s Hospital with gastrointestinal problems in 2013. Doctors at Children’s concluded that she was a victim of medical child abuse as a result of her parents interfering with her care. A juvenile court judge, relying on the opinion of those doctors, removed Justina from her parents’ custody. She was placed in a locked psychiatric ward at the hospital, where, her parents say, she was denied an education and not allowed to attend Mass. Children’s Hospital said that patients and their families have access to the hospital’s multifaith chaplains and tutors."