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Video Transcript: Parent’s Rights Violated in New Wave of Medical Tyranny
Charlene Bollinger: A wave of medical tyranny is sweeping the world. If you’re like us, these heartbreaking stories of medical kidnapping will shock, astound, and even anger you.
Ty Bollinger: When the medical fraternity fails to convince parents to use harmful medical treatments on their own child, they perform a “parent-ectomy.” Parents are powerless to protect their children and their life. The system is failing our children. Don’t think it could happen to you or your child? Neither did these parents.
Barbara Loe Fisher: Yes, medical tyranny is alive in America. Ordinary people are being exploited and suffering in ways the authors of the U.S. Constitution could never have imagined when they wrote The Bill of Rights.
In 2013, Sarah Hershberger, a 10-year-old Amish girl, was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a round of experimental chemotherapy at an Ohio children’s hospital. When the chemo made her deathly ill, she begged her parents to stop doctors from continuing to inject toxic chemicals into her body.
Sarah’s parents told doctors that they wanted to take Sarah to see a physician who had developed a regimen of nutrition therapy, supplements, and plant extracts instead.
Insisting they were morally and legally obligated to make sure Sarah received proper medical care, the hospital doctors sued for guardianship. They told the state court that Sarah would die within a year if she didn’t get a second round of chemo to treat her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The judge sided with the doctors, ruling that the beliefs and convictions of parents do not outweigh the right of the state to protect the child.
The family went into hiding, and eventually fled the country. After being treated with non-toxic therapies in another country, in 2016, Sarah came back to Ohio, healthy and cancer free, to work on her family’s farm. The court-ordered guardianship ended, but the judge warned that Sarah is still in danger and her parents “are not free to act entirely as they may choose, and must provide medical care to Sarah under Ohio law if doctors determine she needs it.”
While Sarah and her family were fugitives, another young girl, Cassandra Callender, was diagnosed with cancer in Connecticut.
She became a victim of medical tyranny when she said she wanted to try less toxic natural therapies for Hodgkin’s lymphoma rather than chemotherapy.
Against her will and without her mother’s informed consent, a Connecticut Superior Court judge ruled that 17-year-old Cassandra was not mature enough to make her own healthcare decisions. She was ordered to remain at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in the custody of the state until she completed six months of chemotherapy, which doctors told the court would give her an 85% chance of survival.
After getting the cancer diagnosis in 2014, Cassandra learned that chemotherapy can damage the heart, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs. Defending her daughter’s decision to try less toxic therapies first, Cassandra’s mother said
She knows the long-term effects of having chemo. It not only kills cancer, it kills everything in the body.”
I believe in the quality of my life, not the quantity.”
While Cassandra was confined to the hospital for six months, she was continuously injected with chemicals. Her cell phone was locked in a cabinet in her room and her mother was denied visitation rights. She was released from the hospital in 2015. A year later, Cassandra wrote on Facebook,
Well, here it is. Here’s my 85% chance of life after chemo. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the 85%—I fell into the 15%. This is why I fought so hard against chemotherapy. I am so sick of being treated like a number and told how everything is based off of statistics. I am a patient, not a number.”
Medical tyranny took on a whole new meaning in 2013, when the state of Massachusetts helped doctors at a Harvard-affiliated children’s hospital virtually kidnap 14-year-old Justina Pelletier, whose parents had taken her to the hospital’s emergency room with symptoms of lack of appetite, difficulty swallowing, and slurred speech they thought might be influenza.
Several years earlier, a team of doctors at Tufts Medical Center had diagnosed Justina with a genetic mitochondrial disorder and treated her while she continued to attend school and perform in ice-skating shows, even though she had periods of extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, and gastrointestinal distress, common with mitochondrial dysfunction.
After three days, the doctors at the Boston Children’s Hospital decided that Justina’s problems were psychiatric, not biological.
They withdrew her from several drugs the Tufts doctors had prescribed for mitochondrial disease. They also secretly asked the state to take emergency custody of Justina so her parents could be investigated for medical child abuse, implying her parents caused their daughter’s health problems. A parent-ectomy is how doctors describe the legal maneuver that removes custody of children from parents they label “difficult to handle.”
On Valentine’s day, Justina’s parents demanded that the doctors release their daughter so they could take her to Tufts Medical Center. The doctors refused. And before they could say goodbye to their daughter, Justina’s parents were escorted out of the hospital by the Boston Police.
The next day, a juvenile court judge backed the doctors, and Justina was made a ward of the state. What happened next is straight out of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Justina’s health deteriorated for six weeks in the hospital, then suddenly, doctors told the mild-mannered 14-year-old that she was being transferred to the lockdown psychiatric ward and put on a strict feeding wakeup and bedtime schedule. She refused to go, asking to speak to her lawyer, but was told that she had no choice because decisions were being made for her by the state.
For the next 14 months, Justina was confined to the hospital’s psychiatric ward, with a diagnosis of somatoform disorder, which means that doctors believe the patient’s symptoms are not caused by an underlying biological cause but by emotional distress.
Justina’s parents were not allowed to discuss medical matters or be alone with her. During her confinement, Justina was not allowed to attend Mass or go to school, and she reported the medical staff reprimanded her for being unable to move her bowels or walk unassisted.
After national publicity about her ordeal, Justina was finally released from the hospital. Her father carried her into her home, a family home her parents almost lost in 2015, after filing for bankruptcy because of legal bills and lost employment, trying to rescue their child.
Now 18, Justina and her parents are suing the hospital. At a 2016 press conference in front of the State House, Justina said
I’m very angry, and I don’t understand how this happened. I don’t want this to happen again to another family. They treated me badly. They really didn’t care. It was awful.”
Medical tyranny is not confined to the United States. It is epidemic in other countries, too, including Europe. Parents around the world found that out this year when they watched the slow-motion torment of baby Charlie Gard and his young parents at the hands of medical doctors in a major London hospital, assisted by British Royal Court judge, who refused to allow Charlie access to an experimental therapy to try to save his life.
Charlie Gard was born a healthy eight pounds in August 2016, but two months later was diagnosed with a very rare genetic metabolic disorder called mitochondrial depletion syndrome, which causes progressive muscle weakness, damage to internal organs, and respiratory failure.
After the diagnosis, Charlie’s mom contacted a neurologist and a mitochondrial disease expert at New York’s Columbia University, who has developed a non-toxic oral experimental therapy to replace missing DNA components. Even though Charlie’s parents raised more than a million dollars to independently pay for the therapy, the London hospital doctors refused to discharge Charlie so he could go to the U.S., or allow the therapy to be administered in the UK.
For seven long months, the hospital doctors said Charlie was irreversibly brain damaged, in severe pain, and should be taken off of life support so he could die, despite protests by Charlie’s parents that their son was not in obvious pain, was aware and responding to them, and should be given a chance to live. They begged to be allowed to get a second opinion by a team of American and Italian doctors willing to try to save his life.
On July 17, with the whole world watching, the British judge finally allowed the Columbia University neurologist to examine 11-month-old Charlie. The neurologist found no structural brain damage, but did find extensive muscle deterioration. The judge told Charlie’s parents that time had ran out, and the respirator needed to be removed immediately.
Seven days later, Charlie’s parents gave up their fight that had drawn public support from parents around the world, the Pope, the President of the United States, and doctors defending parental and informed consent rights, bitterly condemning the hospital doctors.
In a statement read to the Royal Courts of Justice and repeated on the courthouse steps, Charlie’s mom and dad said:
We would never have fought this hard for our son if we thought he was in pain and suffering. Rather than allow treatment for him with a medication that was widely accepted to have no side effects, Charlie has been left with his illness to deteriorate, sadly to the point of no return. It was never false hope. Now we will never know.”
The doctors and the judge refused to allow Charlie’s parents to take him home to die. On July 28, Charlie was transported to the hospice in an ambulance; his parents were not allowed to ride in with their little boy. When he arrived at the hospice, the respirator was removed and his parents were told it would take five minutes for him to die. It took 12 minutes. Charlie’s mom said that at the end, he opened his eyes and looked at us one last time, and closed them before he passed away.
Charlie’s parents picked up their dead son, placed him in a specially-chilled carrier, and took him home. He was still warm when he was carried through the front door. His mother said:
It was lovely to sit and watch him lying there like any other baby, not surrounded by equipment and machinery, without anything obscuring his lovely face.”
Charlene Bollinger: Wow. Shocking information from our good friend, Barbara Loe Fisher.
Ty Bollinger: Yeah, I don’t know about you honey, but that really angers me to see that these kids are being force-medicated. It violates the Nuremberg Code, to force vaccinate children. So it’s really important that we all stand up for freedom. We hope you learned a lot from this video. If you did, please share it with your friends and family and let people know about The Truth About Cancer.
Ty & Charlene Bollinger: Thank you and God bless.