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Ohio hospital threatens parents' rights to seek non-chemo treatment for their daughter

Posted: August 29, 2013 |   Comments

( After Sarah Hershberger was diagnosed with leukemia, her Amish parents agreed to have her undergo chemotherapy at Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio. The 10-year-old Amish girl had tumors on her neck, chest and kidneys, which shrunk after a month of chemotherapy. However, in June, once her parents saw that the side effects were too terrible for her to handle, they decided to discontinue the treatment and begin using natural remedies.

"We've seen how sick it makes her," Andy Hershberger, the girl's father, said. "Our belief is the natural stuff will do just as much as that stuff if it's God's will."

In July, the hospital made a case in court to seek temporary guardianship over Sarah in order to continue chemotherapy against her parents' wishes. The Medina County, Ohio, judge ruled that there is no evidence that Sarah's parents are unfit, thus they have the right to make medical decisions for her.

On Tuesday though, an Ohio appeals court sided with the hospital and ruled that a juvenile court judge must reconsider giving guardianship of Sarah to Maria Schimer, a registered nurse who is also the hospital's attorney.

As the family waits for the court's final decision, they plan to stay away from the hospital and trust their daughter's health to God and natural medicine.

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