Judge rules Sleepy Eye teen must unde...

Judge rules Sleepy Eye teen must undergo chemotherapy

There are 162 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 15, 2009, titled Judge rules Sleepy Eye teen must undergo chemotherapy. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A 13-year-old Minnesota teen must undergo chemotherapy for cancer, a Brown County District Court judge ruled today, even though the toxic treatment contradicts the spiritual beliefs of his family.

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Since: Feb 08

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#164 May 23, 2009
Mike wrote:
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You would know best about pain levels, but if he thinks his is a ten already, I'm believing his pain threshold is very low. He took one dose of chemo and begged out. From the people I know, the first one usually isn't that bad. A few doses down the road is when you really start to feel it.
I did think about that too. My perception of pain as a kid is different than it is now. However, if it's true that he's having difficulty breathing (my presumption only), then he's in medical need.

The first and last rounds are the "worst" for different reasons. You don't know what to expect with the first one, and it may be harder on the body than imagined. However, it's true that with each round, it wears the body down more and more.

Since: Mar 09

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#165 May 23, 2009
Buttomfly wrote:
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Everyone I know, and there have been many, who had cancer and believed they could beat it with chemo are sadly now gone. I only know of a few people who had very minor cancerous cells who were treated with chemo who are still here. Not necessarily beating it, it could return at any time, but at least they got a few more years to get used to the thought. Watching someone be so sick from the treatments, and then in a few years dying anyway is heartbreaking.
How many children have you heard about who have been abused time and time again until they finally died at the hands of the people the judges refused to penalize for child abuse. But now they think they can step in on a case like this and be the authority only wanting what's best for the child?
I am not buying it.
And you shouldn't. This is not about the concern the government has for a child, it is about power and control. The only people who love this child are the parents. The government could care less about this kid, but HOW DARE someone defy their court order. Get out the firing squad for that mother, yes indeed.

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