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by Sharon Rondeau

Justina Pelletier is suffering chronic pain without the medications prescribed for a rare genetic disease by her doctors at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. She was diagnosed differently by doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital last February and denied her treatment regimen, then taken into protective custody by Massachusetts DCF. Her mother Linda was taken by ambulance to a hospital on Monday after fainting upon learning that Justina was ordered transferred to a non-medical facility

(Feb. 24, 2014) — On Monday evening, The Post & Email received an update issued by Liberty Counsel on the Pelletier family, whose 15-year-old daughter was placed into the care of Massachusetts child protective services approximately one year ago after Boston Children’s Hospital faulted her parents for disagreeing with its doctors on her treatment.

The daughter, Justina, suffers from a rare disease which the BCH physicians said did not exist.  Removed from her treatment regimen, Justina has reportedly declined in health.  Liberty Counsel reports that “Before she was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital, Justina was being treated for mitochondrial disease, a rare genetic disorder, by Dr. Mark Korson, the chief of metabolism at Tufts Medical Center. At Boston Children’s Hospital, a new doctor, in the seventh month of his internship, changed the working diagnosis from mitochondrial disease to somatoform disorder, shifting her treatment from physical to mental. When Lou and Linda Pelletier tried to discharge their daughter the following day, February 14, 2013, and return her to care at Tufts Medical Center, DCF took Justina as a ward of the state and moved her to Bader Five, the psychiatric ward, where she remained for eleven months. Today Justina is confined at Wayside Youth and Family Support, a nonmedical treatment facility. She is suffering every day with excruciating pain, and her health is rapidly declining.”

The Facebook page reported on Monday that Justina’s mother fainted after being told that Justina was ordered into a “non-medical foster facility.”

A petition to “free Justina” has been sponsored by the action group Grassfire.

The story has been reported by The Blaze and Fox News.

The family’s home town is West Hartford, CT, also the home town of this writer.

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere made his “midnight ride” to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams, both wanted for hanging by the British, of the impending arrival of British troops crossing the Charles River.   The ride gave way to the Battle of Lexington and Concord and launched the American Revolution which freed the colonies from British rule, high taxation and lack of religious freedom.

Today, Revere and the others who fought the British for freedom are termed “extremists.”

Boston Children’s Hospital’s motto is “Until every child is well.”

Massachusetts DCF can be contacted at 617-573-1600.

Each day, The Post & Email receives word of abuse on the part of child “protective” agencies all over the country.


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