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Akron hospital fights for custody of patient

Akron hospital fights for custody of patient
Posted August 23rd, 2013 @ 12:24pm

(Medina) — An Ohio hospital wants a court to give it limited guardianship over a 10-year-old Amish girl with leukemia whose parents decided to stop her chemotherapy.

Akron Children's Hospital plans to appeal a juvenile judge's decision that blocked a hospital attorney who's also a registered nurse from making medical decisions for the girl.

The Medina Gazette ( ) reports the judge ruled in late July that the girl's parents can make medical decisions for her because there's no evidence they are unfit.

The parents initially allowed chemotherapy treatment but stopped after their daughter begged them to end the treatments. Her parents say the effects of chemotherapy were terrible. They say they're now using "natural" medicines, such as herbs and vitamins.

The hospital says the girl will die without the chemotherapy treatments.

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