Court forces chemo on eight-year-old Minnesota girl

“She is very sick from the standard treatment so we wanted to explore and option of modifying the treatment so that it would be more appropriate for Sarah,” said Karen Parisian.
The Parisians feared the side-effects of the treatments, but doctors felt like every day Sarah did not get chemo was a risk, so they notified child protective services, who then went to court.
“So in order to modify her treatment, we had to go in front of a judge and fortunately we seem to be working this out,” she said.
But the order to appear in court came with an onerous caveat: if the Parisians failed to show up and work with the court on a treatment plan, they could lose custody of Sarah.
“As parents, you don’t have the right to choose the kind of treatment you want your child to have,” a flabbergasted and exasperated Karen Parisian said.
Dr. Kevin Conners, Sarah’s cancer specialist, told the TV station he believed there was a way to make both sides happy.
“Do what’s best for the patient,” he said. “Let’s take her case as an individual case and not try to fit her into what is standard protocol and look at her as an individual. What she can tolerate what other therapies added to a traditional approach is going to be best for her.”
So, after the court allowed the Parisians to be parents, Sarah is now at home and is being treated under the court-ordered “plan” that still includes chemotherapy.
“It’s going to include some chemotherapy, but it’s going to include a dose that is not going to send her tipping over the edge,” she said.

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