Teen Daughter Being Held By State
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, LIBERTY COUNSEL
Today Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, is appearing before the Suffolk County Juvenile Court to defend a family against abuse by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).
This is a story of a 15-year-old ice-skating competitor who was taken from her parents by DCF, locked up for over a year, and is now confined to a wheelchair because of maltreatment for a metabolic disorder. “The story of Justina Pelletier is like a horror movie,” said Staver. Before she was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital, Justina was being treated for mitochondrial disease, a rare genetic disorder, by Dr. Mark Korson, the chief of metabolism at Tufts Medical Center. At Boston Children’s Hospital, a new doctor, in the seventh month of his internship, changed the working diagnosis from mitochondrial disease to somatoform disorder, shifting her treatment from physical to mental. When Lou and Linda Pelletier tried to discharge their daughter the following day, February 14, 2013, and return her to care at Tufts Medical Center, DCF took Justina as a ward of the state and moved her to Bader Five, the psychiatric ward, where she remained for eleven months. Today Justina is confined at Wayside Youth and Family Support, a nonmedical treatment facility. She is suffering every day with excruciating pain, and her health is rapidly declining.
Please pray for this family today as we defend their parental rights in court and seek the medical treatment Justina needs.
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