PUBLISHER’s NOTE: The general direction of the lies told in the following – in addition to the final sentence of the column is just as misleading as the title of same. Tell this story to the parents of the many children in the United States and around the world who have lost their children in 2013 alone – who were subjected to this poisonous death. We have posted far too many of these stories on this site in the past six months.
FACT: Chemo NEVER cured a single case of cancer!
Better to have dies of natural causes, than to have been murdered by your caretakers – just to set a legal precedent.
Our heartfelt prayers go out to this child and her family. May the Lord provide the cure that this child deserves. (JB)
The family of a 10-year-old Amish girl with leukemia have fled the country with her as they seek to avoid their child being forced to resume chemotherapy treatments.
Attorney Maurice Thompson confirmed today that Anna and Andy Hershberger have disappeared along with their daughter, Sarah from their Homer Township, Ohio home and he doesn’t know if they have returned to the United States.
The family has been fighting a hospital in court for months after the parents decided to halt the treatments because they couldn’t continue to watch their child undergo the arduous radiation treatment.
It has emerged they left their home in rural northeast Ohio just days before a state appeals court appointed a guardian in October to take over medical decisions for the Sarah Hershberger, said Thompson – and have not been seen since.
‘They don’t want Sarah to be taken away,’ he said.
County Sheriff Tom Miller said his office has no idea where the Hershbergers might be and is not actively searching for the family.
‘It would take a court order for us to get involved,’ Miller said to the Medina Gazette, ‘and I’m not anticipating a court order.’
Doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital believe Sarah’s leukemia is treatable, but say she will die without chemotherapy.
The hospital went to court after the family decided to stop chemotherapy and treat Sarah with natural medicines, such as herbs and vitamins.
An appeals court ruling in October gave attorney Maria Schimer, who’s also a registered nurse limited guardianship over Sarah and the power to make medical decisions for her.
The court said the beliefs and convictions of her parents can’t outweigh the rights of the state to protect the child.
The family has appealed the decision to both the appeals court and the Ohio Supreme Court.
They also plan to file a motion to terminate the guardianship.
They have not had any contact with the guardian since the ruling, said Clair Dickinson, the guardian’s attorney.
A taxi was sent to the family’s home nearly two months ago after the guardian was appointed to take the Sarah to the hospital in Akron, but someone at the home said the family was not there, Dickinson said.
There are no plans to ask the court to find the family or force the girl into chemotherapy while the case is being appealed, he said.
He said Sarah’s last known chemotherapy session was in June, and that doctors have said she could die within a year if treatments don’t resume.
‘I’m very concerned about her,’ he said.
Clair Dickinson, an attorney representing Schimer, said he didn’t know the family’s whereabouts.
‘All I know is that she and her parents don’t seem to be at her house,’ he said.
Thompson said the girl has undergone alternative-therapy treatments and is doing well. The family told him that she has more energy and that CT scans show the treatments are working.
Andy Hershberger, the girl’s father, said this past summer that the family agreed to begin two years of treatments for Sarah last spring but stopped a second round of chemotherapy in June because it was making her extremely sick.
Traditions: Sarah Hershberger (who is not pictured) and her family are Amish, and their beliefs force them to shun technology and in turn, some forms of modern medicine
Sarah begged her parents to stop the chemo and they agreed after a great deal of prayer, Hershberger said.
The family, members of an insular Amish community, shuns many facets of modern life and is deeply religious.
They live on a farm and operate a produce stand near the village of Spencer in Medina County, about 35 miles southwest of Cleveland.
Hospital officials have said they are morally and legally obligated to make sure the girl receives proper care.
The hospital’s attorney Maria Schimer, who is also a registered nurse, is now appealed in August to be granted limited guardianship so that she is in charge of making medical decisions for Sarah.
‘The plan presented by Sarah’s parents is almost certain to lead to Sarah’s death,’ she wrote in a letter to the court.
‘Every day that goes by without treatment, Sarah’s chance of surviving her cancer is diminished.’
With chemotherapy, her chances of survival increase to 85 per cent.
Written by James Nye and posted at the Daily Mail, November 27, 2013.
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