02/27/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Connecticut – The mother of a sick Connecticut teen, who’s at the center of a custody battle, collapsed in court after a judge ruled the teen will go into foster care. As reported by ABC News, the mother of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier was taken to a local hospital after collapsing in a closed door hearing on Monday.
Lou and Linda Pelletier have been in a long-term fight for custody over their teenage daughter, whom they say has the rare genetic disorder mitochondrial disease. The couple was reported to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for suspected child abuse last year by Boston Children’s Hospital. Their teenager was placed in the hospital’s psychiatric treatment for almost a year the family says.
Lou Pelletier is quoted as stating to ABCNews.com of the issue, “We are just so stressed out… What they put us through yesterday crossed so many lines. My wife has been at the breaking point.”
A spokeswoman for the Coalition for Diagnostic Rights, an organization working with the Pelletiers, Bridget Mildon, is further quoted as stating, “This case could not have developed had it not been for flagrant violations of patients’ rights when Justina and her parents arrived at Boston children’s Hospital a year ago… We continue to demand that these violations be remedied by allowing the parents’ original doctor of choice to determine what’s in the child’s best interests, and to advise the court in that capacity.”
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