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Well doctors say a little -- Amish girl has an 85%.
Chance of surviving a serious form of leukemia.
If she gets chemotherapy.
The right now there's a legal battle under way in Ohio over her treatment.
Reports indicate the ten year old's parents have stopped her chemotherapy treatments because.
They were horrified by the side effects instead they have now chosen to treat her with natural medicine.
And herbs and vitamins.
A children's hospital and Akron has now sued to get her registered nurse to take over the child's medical care but a judge has now block that.
The hospital is now appealing that ruling doctors say they have found tumors in the girl's neck her chest and her kidneys.
And that without chemotherapy.
She may die in a matter of months funny -- -- said he got far as defense attorney she joins me now.
Before you can pull this child away from the parents you have to show the parents -- -- -- it seems to me everything you read about this so far to very difficult case to.
Brooke it is it's a very difficult case all around because at the heart of this chase so we have is really a ten year old girl.
Whose life is on the line and what we have really are two dueling interests we have on the one hand parental rights the rights of -- -- to make decisions for their child.
And then on the other hand the right to the hospital the legal and ethical obligations of -- hospital to care for a patient and to care for a child.
And we know we know the courts are very very reluctant to intervene on parents' rights you know why because they have explicitly recognized.
That parents have a constitutional right to make decisions for their children.
What even the girl and the girl told the judge look at it makes me sick to chemotherapy makes me ill I just don't want and I feel like my vital organs are going to be affected down the road the doctors are saying you -- died in your odds of dying -- very good so this very difficult decision for judge today.
Very difficult I don't envy the task of this judge and I don't envy the task of the appellate court here because yes.
You can kind of understand it from the parent's perspective they've given key -- shot.
They clearly by all accounts have been doing everything they can't in the best interest of their child and they're saying this -- not having devastating -- on our child she's complaining herself.
But then on the other you and you hear the hospital saying look she has an 85% chance of survival if we continue with the chemo and if we discontinuation is likely going to die -- It's a very difficult decision and the court really has to do a balancing test.
And they they use what we call strict scrutiny in these types of cases which -- The highest level of scrutiny in the lot because they're really reluctant again to interfere with the parents constitutional rights.
To make decisions for a child so it's really going to be a tough task for the parent well we're wishing for the best for the girl that I clearly a very difficult decision on parents have got four thank you -- you --
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