Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Justina Pelletier Placed in Foster Care

Outrage as Justina Pelletier Placed in Foster Care [Video]
Added by Penny Swift on February 26, 2014.

There were scenes of outrage outside a Boston courthouse on Monday
after a judge ruled that critically ill Justina Pelletier be placed in
foster care for the next three weeks...

Several years ago Justina Pelletier, 15, was diagnosed with the very
rare mitochondrial disease, which, like myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)
and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has no clear medical explanation.

... Early February of last year, Justina got flu and was admitted (by her
parents) to the Boston Children's Hospital to be treated by the
gastroenterologist who had attended her for years, but had switched to
Boston from Tufts. Three days later, without consultation with the
gastroenterologist, or doctors at Tufts, she was re-diagnosed by the
hospital as having somatoform disorder, a mental condition ...

A second case relating to a gag order applied to the Justina Pelletier
case in November of last year prohibits anyone from discussing the
case with the media. ...

Defying the order, Lou Pelletier agreed to be interviewed by Megyn
Kelly on Fox News last week Thursday. He said his daughter had been
tortured physically and medically and claimed that all her medications
had been ignored. He said she was "at breaking point" and he could not
"stand back any more and allow this to happen." Pelletier said Justina
was now paralyzed below the hips and "in pain 24 hours a day." Every
time he sees her, his "knees buckle" and he cries, he said.

... He claimed that the new diagnosis was done without consultation with
Justina's doctors, and "without looking at medical records."
Somatoform takes months and years to diagnose, he said, yet the
hospital doctors "came up with the diagnosis" within three days...
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We hear these horror stories all the time -- patients with medical illness being changed to a psychiatric diagnosis -- and nothing is done to stop it.

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