Forcible health care

Judge won’t let teen forced to receive chemo go home

Cassandra C.

A 17-year-old Connecticut girl, known as Cassandra C. in court documents, has been in state custody at a medical center where she’s been forced to undergo chemotherapy treatments for Hodgkin lymphoma since December 9 of last year. And on Wednesday, a juvenile court judge ruled that she’ll remain in temporary custody even though she’s said to be in remission. The judge also denied a motion that would’ve granted rights for the teen’s mother to visit her in the medical center. Cassandra’s story drew national attention last November. After being diagnosed, the teen underwent two chemo treatments, but then suddenly ran away from home. Worried about the side of effects of chemotherapy, Cassandra said she wanted to seek alternative treatments. She and her mother reportedly went to Massachusetts to ostensibly seek a second opinion. However, the juvenile court intervened, removed her from her mother’s custody and put her in the foster care of a relative before taking custody of her. The mandated treatment expires on April 27 and, in a statement, said she is now “feeling fine.”

Read the full story at NBC News.

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