Court pact says Va. teen can forgo chemo
By SONJA BARISIC, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 49 minutes ago
ACCOMAC, Va. - A 16-year-old cancer patient's legal fight ended in victory Wednesday when his family's attorneys and social services officials reached an agreement that would allow him to forgo chemotherapy.
At the start of what was scheduled to be a two-day hearing, Accomack County Circuit Judge Glen A. Tyler announced that both sides had reached a consent decree, which Tyler approved.
Under the decree, Starchild Abraham Cherrix, who is battling Hodgkin's disease, will be treated by an oncologist of his choice who is board-certified in radiation therapy and interested in alternative treatments. The family must provide the court updates on Abraham's treatment and condition every three months until he is cured or turns 18.
'It's all over. It's everything we fought for, everything we wanted to ever have, we've won. We got our freedom back,' Abraham said outside the courthouse after the hearing."
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Major Win for Alternative Medicine!
This development is wonderful news for the advancement of medicine. While I will not claim to endorse the Hoxsey method per se or any other alternative method for the treatment of cancer, the fact remains that such a court victory, allowing a sentient individual the say over whether or not he wishes to receive debilitating mainstream cancer treatments, is extremely important, as it will assist in scientifically weeding out what works and what doesn't. Three cheers for this brave young man and his family!