A hospital in Boston has kidnapped a mother and father’s daughter, and has turned the event into a custody battle.
Justina Pelletier, a 15 year old, is just a normal girl trying to live her life, but the Boston Children’s Hospital seems to have other plans.
According to her parents, and, at the time, doctors, Justina Pelletier had been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, “a genetic disorder that can cause loss of muscle coordination and weakness.”
According to WTIC’s report:
Last February, she also got the flu and was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital to see her specialist.Almost immediately, a different team of doctors delivered a different diagnosis, questioning the original diagnosis of mitochondrial disease. “They came in, and they said we cannot take Justina out of the hospital. They called DCF,” says Linda Pelletier, Justina’s mother.
They said Justina had “somatoform disorder.”In short, they were saying she suffered from a mental illness, not mitochondrial disease.
Her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier, were escorted out of the hospital by security, and within four days, they lost custody of Justina.
The reasoning behind the hospitals actions were said to be because the Pelletier’s were “overmedicating” their daughter. “They were actually being accused of being too active in pursuing health care matters for their child,”
The family fighting to keep their daughter was considered, “resistance towards recommendations,” and is why the hospital is claiming to have introduced child services into the situation.
Because the parents lost custody, they are only allowed one hour per week with their daughter and Justina’s father, Lou, refers to it as “kidnapping.”
I’m not even going to ask you guys how wrong you think this is – it’s just wrong.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that children have been removed from parent’s custody this year because of hospital actions. In California, police showed up to a couple’s house and took their baby away after they had left a hospital to get a second opinion.
Justina’s parents clearly love and nurture their child and what the hospital is doing is far more damaging to the child than anything her parents have done thus far.