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http://foxct.com/2014/01/09/judgment-day-for-west-hartford-teen/#ixzz2pyEt46gV

Final Custody Decision Expected For West Hartford Girl In Boston Hospital

    by Beau Berman
    Investigative Reporter

Friday could be “judgment day” for a West Hartford teenager held inside a hospital against her will for 11 months.

A Boston judge is set to decide whether the girl will return to her parents in Connecticut or remain in state custody.

But on the eve of the decision, our continuing Fox CT investigation has revealed new details once again.

In a new development, former Boston Children’s Hospital nurse Katie Higgins, who has been following the case from the start, wrote a scathing letter this week to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Massachusetts Department of Children & Families Commissioner Olga Roche.

Higgins’ letter alleges the hospital is actually comitting “medical child abuse” by pulling Justina off most of her previous medications for mitochondrial disease.

Higgins says that as a result, Justina’s health has deteriorated.


Read Higgins’ letter:

Higgins-letter-PDF

Perhaps more potent is another letter.

Former Federal Prosecutor Barry Pollack is demanding an investigation into Boston Children’s Hospital’s “Bader 5 Unit,” where Justina is said to be held.

Pollack is the longest-tenured member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.


“Parents have raised several different types of diagnoses that were made by other qualified doctors where Children’s has disagreed, and unlike most doctors, when there’s a disagreement or a debate, where they encourage second opinions, some of the doctors at Children’s hospital recommend locking children up in Bader 5,” said Pollack in a December interview with Fox CT News.

Read Pollack’s letter:

Pollack PDF

It was on Feb. 10, 2013, that Justina was admitted to Boston Children’s hospital under the recommendation of her physician at Tufts Medical Center.

It was at Tufts that she had been diagnosed with the lesser-known mitochondrial disease years earlier.

One of her GI specialists had transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital.

While she had been active and ice skating as recently as December 2012, by February 2013 Justina had become weakened by the flu.

She was taken by ambulance from Connecticut to Massachusetts and admitted to BCH.

But once admitted, a different team of doctors came in and examined her.

Parents Lou and Linda Pelletier were told Justina had something called “somatoform disorder,” meaning her pain was caused by a mental condition, not mitochondrial disease.

When Justina’s parents disagreed with that diagnosis and asked to discharge their daughter they were told they could not.

When tempers began to rise, the Pelletiers say that hospital security escorted the Pelletiers out of the building.

The hospital eventually filed a 51-A form, accusing the family of “abuse or neglect.”

Meanwhile, local support can be seen in West Hartford, where Heather Harwood, a mother who has two kids with mitochondrial disease, is driving to Boston to lead a rally outside the courthouse hearing on Friday.

“There’s a lot of people in the mitochondrial community who are coming to show support for her and raise awareness for mitochondrial disease, and then there are concerned parents and citizens who just believe this is an injustice being done and want to make it heard,” said Harwood.

She didn’t know the Pelletiers until she saw Fox CT’s first report on Justina on Nov. 18, 2013.

“I think that the parents have been angry, and I think they’ve been frustrated and upset. I think, though, that if you put yourself in their shoes, how could you not be upset?”

Harwood has since become a friend of the family and has driven to Boston for several of the custody hearings and rallies outside the courthouse.

“This could be me. Me and my husband could be accused of the same thing because we’ve got the same diagnosis from the same doctor with a lot of the same symptoms. And I would hope that if it happened to me that other people would be there,” she said.

National and worldwide interest can be seen on Facebook pages dedicated to Justina, where hundreds have commented in support of the family.

Meanwhile, when Fox CT asked Boston Children’s Hospital for a response to Barry Pollack’s letter, a spokesman only said that the hospital denies the allegations, and he called those allegations “ridiculous.”

A gag order was issued by Judge Joseph Johnston on Nov. 7, after Fox CT asked to enter the courtroom.

Fox CT reached out to Boston Children’s Hospital for comment multiple times both before and after the gag order was in place, but the hospital has repeatedly declined to comment directly on the case.

A spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health told Fox CT the department cannot comment on any pending or open complaints.

Fox CT will be in Boston outside the courtroom providing immediate updates once the judge renders his decision.

For the most up to date live updates follow Beau Berman on his social media accounts:
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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http://foxct.com/2014/01/10/judge-orders-west-hartford-girl-to-remain-in-mass-state-custody/

Judge Orders West Hartford Girl To Remain In Mass. State Custody

    by Beau Berman

A fifteen-year-old West Hartford girl, Justina Pelletier, will remain in Massachusetts State custody, for now.

Sources indicate that based largely on the recommendation of a court-appointed guardian-ad-Litem assigned on December 20, Judge Joseph Johnston, ruled that Pelletier will not return home to Connecticut right now, but could be returned soon.

Sources  say the next court hearing will be February.

A Judge-issued gag order placed on Nov. 7 remains in place.

Permanent custody has not been determined yet but sources indicate that if Pelletier’s parents follow strict court-ordered guidelines, Justina could be returned home to West Hartford within weeks.

Today marks 11 months since Justina Pelletier was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital in February 2013.
 
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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/10/report-says-teen-being-held-against-parents-will-at-boston-hospital-to-be-moved-to-psych-facility-justice-maybe-prevailed/

Report Says Teen Being Held Against Parents’ Will at Boston Hospital to Be Moved to Psych Facility: ‘Justice Maybe Prevailed’
Jan. 10, 2014 3:33pm Liz Klimas

For nearly 11 months, Justina Pelletier has been held, against her parents wishes, in a psychiatric ward at Boston Children’s Hospital after there was a disagreement regarding her diagnosis. The case returned to court Friday morning and it appears the teen will be moved to another psychiatric facility outside the Massachusetts hospital.

The controversial case of alleged medical child abuse, the reason why doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital recommended Massachusetts’ Department of Children and Families take temporary custody of the West Hartford, Conn., girl, spurred a national debate on such custody cases, the two diagnoses — somatoform disorder and mitochondrial disease — and parents’ rights.

Beau Bergman with WTIC-TV, which originally broke the Pelletier’s story back in November before the 14-year-old’s parents were placed under a gag order, tweeted the unofficial results of the hearing.

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The Pelletiers just emerged. Attorney for family said he can't say anything now.
Source Says Court Will Move Justina Pelletier Out of Boston Childrens Hospitalabout 11 hours ago via Twitter

Source Says Court Will Move Justina Pelletier Out of Boston Childrens Hospital
@BeauBermanFOXCT
Beau Berman WTIC TV

Sources: Justina remaining in DCF custody - another hearing set for Feb 4th
Source Says Court Will Move Justina Pelletier Out of Boston Childrens Hospitalabout 11 hours ago via Twitter

Source Says Court Will Move Justina Pelletier Out of Boston Childrens Hospital
@BeauBermanFOXCT
Beau Berman WTIC TV

Sources: Justina will be placed in an in-patient psychiatric facility until February first - outside of Boston Children's Hospital

Source Says Court Will Move Justina Pelletier Out of Boston Childrens Hospitalabout 11 hours ago via Twitter


Based on Bergman’s tweets, which came from an unidentified source, Justina Pelletier will be moved from Boston Children’s Hospital to a new psychiatric facility. Another hearing with the state’s Department of Children and Families regarding her custody is set for Feb. 4.

On Facebook, Bergman also elaborated that his sources said the judge seems to want Justina’s care to come through Tuft’s Medical Center, which is where her original physicians operated, and that the judge also seems to want the teen back in her home state of Connecticut.

Linda and Lou Pelletier, who have had limited visiting rights with their daughter for months, seemed hopeful after this decision, according to Bergman’s tweets.

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Lou and Linda Pelletier were smiling outside court after today's hearing and said they are "hopeful"
Source Says Court Will Move Justina Pelletier Out of Boston Childrens Hospitalabout 10 hours ago via Twitter

Source Says Court Will Move Justina Pelletier Out of Boston Childrens Hospital
@BeauBermanFOXCT


"Good progress was made"-Lou Pelletier
Source Says Court Will Move Justina Pelletier Out of Boston Childrens Hospitalabout 10 hours ago via Twitter

Source Says Court Will Move Justina Pelletier Out of Boston Childrens Hospital
@BeauBermanFOXCT

"Finally justice maybe prevailed".-Lou Pelletier outside courthouse #justinapelletier
Source Says Court Will Move Justina Pelletier Out of Boston Childrens Hospitalabout 10 hours ago via Twitter


These are positive words after Katie Higgins, a nurse who recently filed a mandatory reporter complaint with DCF about Justina’s case and who says she has had contact with the girl’s parents, told TheBlaze that “the family is concerned that she’s dying.”



Though Higgins, who said she worked in a psychiatric unit at Boston Children’s Hospital in the mid-2000s, hasn’t seen Justina in the hospital, she said she was the family’s medical advocate until October.

“When you look at what’s the level of stress and what’s the level of support, [the hospital has] been ramping up the stress and leveling down the support,” Higgins said ahead of the decision made in court Friday. “When it comes to human psychiatric behavior, anyone in this field that is doing this certainly knows better. How can you not know that this is a recipe for this kid to totally lose it, and the family is concerned that she’s dying.”

The Pelleteirs had been treating their daughter for mitochondrial disease, a difficult to diagnose condition that impacts cells’ mitochondria function. When they were told by their doctor to bring Justina to Boston Children’s Hospital in December 2012 because she was sick, they were later told by physicians at this hospital that their daughter didn’t have mitochondrial disease but a psychosomatic disorder known as somatoform instead.

Because the parents still believed their daughter had mitochondrial disease and wanted Justina to receive treatment they believed she need for it, Boston Children’s Hospital got the state’s Department of Children and Families involved. Ultimately, a judge granted temporary custody of Justina to the department in February 2013 and she remained in the hospital’s care. It was something Lou Pelletier told WTIC was “kidnapping.”

“They were actually being accused of being too active in pursuing health care matters for their child,” West Hartford psychologist Dean Hokanson, who worked with Justina for five years, told WTIC in Nov. 2013.

In the months following custody of their daughter being taken, the Pelletiers have been fighting back.

Since the case received national attention, more parents who say they’ve had similar experiences with Boston Children’s Hospital have spoken out.

TheBlaze contacted the Department of Children and Families for a statement on the recent court decision but has yet to hear back.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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Re: Final Custody Decision Expected For West Hartford Girl In Boston Hospital
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2014, 11:48:16 AM »
Mother of teenage girl 'imprisoned' by doctors collapses after judge rules her daughter is to be placed in foster care

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2567474/Mother-teen-girl-imprisoned-doctors-collapses-judge-rules-daughter-kept-foster-care.html

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The parents of a sick teenage girl caught in a year-long, custody battle with doctors broke down on Monday after a judge decided the 15-year-old should be placed in foster care and not returned to her family.

The decision to move Justina Pelletier into foster care caused her mother Linda to collapse at the Boston courthouse. The 56-year-old, who is diabetic, was stretchered out and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where she is being treated. Lou Pelletier, Justina's father, reportedly shouted angrily in the courthouse corridor after the ruling over his daughter's care.

Justina Pelletier was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease, a rare genetic muscle wasting illness, by Tufts Medical Center in 2011 and was undergoing a drug treatment program.


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Re: Final Custody Decision Expected For West Hartford Girl In Boston Hospital
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2014, 11:57:40 AM »
Wow, flowers. This is so surreal! I wonder if the mother will be held hostage? The girl now looks like she definitely has Mitochondrial disease, since her limbs are so weak. My son's fiancé's little boy has been diagnosed with it, only his case is or WAS much worse. From ice skating to a wheel chair in a year because of a hospital taking control of a child.

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Re: Final Custody Decision Expected For West Hartford Girl In Boston Hospital
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2014, 07:32:14 PM »
This is just appalling. What the heck is wrong with these officials? Looks like they won't be satisfied until this poor child is in the ground.
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Re: Final Custody Decision Expected For West Hartford Girl In Boston Hospital
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2014, 09:32:55 PM »
This, IMHO, is frightening and a peek behind the curtain of ObamaCare.

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