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Teen allowed to refuse chemo | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 25 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 4, 2010, titled Teen allowed to refuse chemo | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Rifqa Bary, in court with her attorney, Kort Gatterdam, doesn't want to follow her doctor's chemotherapy recommendation.

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sulee

Columbus, OH

#1 Aug 4, 2010
Frankly, I don't give a rat's patootie what she does or doesn't do. I'm so sick of hearing about her and her religious shenanigans that I could scream! If there ever was a non-story, this is it.
Comment

Columbus, OH

#3 Aug 4, 2010
I don't think we know enough about her medical condition to really say whether she should be forced to take the chemo. If her doctors say she is disease free, then she shouldn't have to take chemo. But if her chances of the cancer coming back are high, then she should probably do it. BUT, without knowing ALL of the information that, frankly is none of our business, I don't know that we can make the determination.

Since: Dec 09

Columbus

#4 Aug 4, 2010
She's 18, her parents don't have custody, and The judge decided that her life wasn't in immediate danger.

She doesn't the chemo, don't make her take, but let suffer the effects if she doesn't follow expert medical advice.
Outraged

Columbus, OH

#5 Aug 4, 2010
Comment wrote:
I don't think we know enough about her medical condition to really say whether she should be forced to take the chemo. If her doctors say she is disease free, then she shouldn't have to take chemo. But if her chances of the cancer coming back are high, then she should probably do it. BUT, without knowing ALL of the information that, frankly is none of our business, I don't know that we can make the determination.
That is just it ... we shouldn't have any right to make that decision. This is a personal matter and should not be made a public. What happened to the privacy act.
She will be of age real soon and she would be the one to make that decision.

As for the first post, I agree. This is a story that I believe has taken up to much news time and way to much cost in the courts. There are probably a lot of stories similar to hers that are not on the news so why is this so news worthy?
Firey Buddha

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 4, 2010
Geeze, it's her body. She should be able to treat it, or not, as she wishes.
Duderino

Toledo, OH

#7 Aug 4, 2010
Enjoy your relapse.
pikkil47

Hilliard, OH

#8 Aug 4, 2010
Just a few thoughts that lead to questions -

How does the Disgrace qualify this as headline caliber news let alone a "hot issue"...

what is Merediths obsession with Rifqa, burkas, etc......

does Meredith know where someone has a body hidden to keep getting this crap headlined?

why oh why won't Meredith go lay down and take a nap?
HSOK

Springfield, OH

#9 Aug 4, 2010
Everybody to their own but I have said all along there is something up the sleeve of this family, I work with thousands of Muslim people over the past 11 years they will put a smilely nice face to your face but in private it's another story and I feel badly for this girl to have this awful disease I seen my parent dye from this and its just awful no one such have to suffer this but as we have read she has made her decision end of story she must suffer the consequences if any to much attention has been given to this no body,her drama,her family .I deeply feel this reporter on this story is trying very hard to climb a ladder for a better position> at the dispatch. Believe me we the people want real news that concerns us , society,our country,our community not about hypercritical muslims.
pam

Columbus, OH

#10 Aug 4, 2010
I can't wait until the movie comes out!
anon

Galloway, OH

#11 Aug 4, 2010
Why are the whole lot of them not being deported for having expired visas?

That is the actual story here. Not some bratty teenager running away from home and making up a story because her cell phone was taken away.

Stop wasting everyones' time and money on this and send them packing.
John

Galena, OH

#12 Aug 4, 2010
The course of treatment will continue beyond her 18th birthday: she will be an "adult" and should have the right to decide her own treatment.

As an adult, she should also suffer adult consequences of her decisions. It has recently been reported that her immigration status is invalid, and as an illegal she should be deported to Sri Lanka upon her 18th birthda. Then and there, she can deal with the consequences of her unfortunate split from her family, and her neglect of medical treatment in America. It was reported that she would be eligible for Medicaid: U.S. taxpayers should not have to pay for her treatment as an adult, when the services were available through the parents that she rejected.
Liberty

Johnson City, NY

#13 Aug 4, 2010
Fellow viewers, this has been a truly amazing game.
The score stands now at:
Lawyers: 378
Politicians: 62
Christians: 14
Muslims:5
Doctors: 3
Tax Payers: 0

By all rights, this game should be over, yet, the Lawyers keep finding ways to send it into overtime.
The Great Ballzak

Louisville, KY

#15 Aug 4, 2010
Darwin at work
HJG

Columbus, OH

#16 Aug 4, 2010
I can't believe no one has offered this girl a reality tv show yet. I am so sick of hearing about her - yet I still read the darn article not realizing at first it was about her.
Columbus

United States

#17 Aug 4, 2010
sulee wrote:
Frankly, I don't give a rat's patootie what she does or doesn't do. I'm so sick of hearing about her and her religious shenanigans that I could scream! If there ever was a non-story, this is it.
DITTO!!!!!!!!!!
Nary ExPharisee

United States

#18 Aug 4, 2010
Sweetie: You've been very brave throughout this entire ordeal. You've demonstrated maturity beyond your years. Remember, God has given us knowledge and logic as well as faith - faith that you've demonstrated like a giant. Listen to your doctors, otherwise, you're hurting yourself and your witness. You don't want this chapter of your life to end with people thinking what they do in this post. I'll continue to pray for you.
meg

Columbus, OH

#19 Aug 4, 2010
good for her, way to go Rifqa. Her parents are jerks!
meg

Columbus, OH

#20 Aug 4, 2010
The Great Ballzak wrote:
Darwin at work
Take your Darwin crap and stick it down your throat!

You obviously have no other vocabulary.
columbussucks

United States

#21 Aug 4, 2010
meg wrote:
good for her, way to go Rifqa. Her parents are jerks!
again, "cream pie" between the "hams"!!
MikeM

Columbus, OH

#22 Aug 4, 2010
It is shameful the way self-proclaimed "christians" have used this poor confused child for political purposes.

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