Should she be forced to undergo chemotherapy? UPDATED
Children's Aid has met with Makayla's family and has announced that she will not be placed in their care and will not be forced to continue with her chemotherapy treatments.
Her family says she is doing very well, and they believe that the traditional medicine is working.
Sorry, can't make it clicky. Seriously, someone has got to explain to me how to do that because I have yet to figure it out.
Anyhow, the cliff notes. This 10-year old girl has leukemia. She underwent chemotherapy for 11 weeks but after ending up in the ICU as a result of the side effects, her and her family made the decision to discontinue the chemo and have opted to use traditional native medicine.
The hospital referred her case to the Childrens' Aid Society, who may choose to take the girl into foster care and force her to undergo chemotherapy.
What do you think? Should this child be apprehended and forced to undergo chemotherapy? Do you think this case is comparable to those religious sects who refuse medical intervention in favor of "faith healing"? Or does the use of traditional medicine (rather than faith healing) add a different element to the situation?
As someone who favors both modern medical treatment and alternative / traditional medicine I am truly torn. I understand that watching your child go through chemotherapy can be heart wrenching, I can't even imagine watching my child go through that kind of pain and suffering. However I can't imagine losing my child because I didn't do everything possible to make him or her better.
I will be in and out all day (beautiful day outside so me and kiddos are going to take advantage of it while we can) but I look forward to hearing your opinions on this.