It is NOT criminal. He has life-threatening disease whose costly treatment is more akin to torture and will only extend his life months, maybe years. It is criminal to force a treatment upon him that he does not want. Ever heard of DNR? We have the means to treat nearly every disease and sickness imaginable, but everyone eventually dies. As long as it is a natural death, I cannot fault the child or family for wanting to fight the cancer on their own without OUTSIDE INTERFERNCE.<quoted text>
Allowing a family to make a decision that results in their child's death is criminal. there is a difference betweena parent's right to choose and a child's right to live (and the courts have judged that if the parents cannot or will not act in the child's best interest, than the state (guardian ad litem) will.)
And I agree, no one WITH THE CAPACITY OT MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION should eb forced into a medical treatment they don't want. And no, despite how savvy a 13yo may be, they cannot make an informed decision on life and death.
We feel bad because they refuse our help, but it seems they want to fight it their own way, deal with it in their own way.