The medical kidnapping of Justina Pelletier in 2013 by Boston Children's Hospital made national news, and brought the issue of "medical kidnapping" to the attention of the American public. Justina's story was picked up by national TV personalities such as Dr. Phil, Mike Huckabee, Glenn Beck, and others. Justina's family, from Connecticut, was referred by their doctor to specialists at Boston Children's Hospital for her diagnosed condition of "mitochondrial disease." But once she was admitted, a different group of physicians decided she did not have mitochondrial disease, and put her into the psychiatric ward instead. When her parents (and doctors back home) objected, Massachusetts took custody of Justina, effectively making her a prisoner and victim of medical kidnapping. One part of Justina's story which has attracted recent media coverage is regarding the actions of Marty Gottesfeld, who allegedly hacked Boston Children's Hospital's website disrupting a fund raiser event, in protest of the injustice that was at that time be carried out against Justina. Marty was arrested earlier this year over his actions, and is now on a hunger strike in prison. While Health Impact News does not support the breaking of laws or the publication of threats in protesting social injustice, we believe Marty's story should be heard. His wife, Dana, has asked us to publish her editorial regarding Marty's actions, and the cause he is now willing to die for in order to raise public awareness of the medical kidnapping issue.
Unable to pump enough breast milk for her prematurely born baby, the search began for an appropriate formula to feed baby Bella. Finding one that worked, they took their baby home in Alabama. A trip back to Massachusetts, their former resident state, to gather belongings and visit family members resulted in difficulties in finding the same formula they had used in Alabama. They found one that the baby tolerated, but a visit to the local WIC office in Massachusetts put them at odds with a pediatrician who insisted on changing her formula, one that baby Bella did not do well with as her weight allegedly began to decline. The parents decided to go back to Alabama immediately, to be with a pediatrician who was using the right formula. But Massachusetts DCF followed their case to Alabama, contacting Alabama DHR. Alabama DHR investigated the family, and cleared them after seeing how well the baby was doing. But this was not good enough for Massachusetts DCF, which allegedly threatened the family with criminal charges if they did not return to Massachusetts. The frightened family complied, and their baby girl was put into Boston Children's Hospital, where they soon lost custody. Now, Massachusetts DCF is planning to adopt out baby Bella.
“Justina’s Law” Seeks to End Experimental Medical Research on Children Seized by Child Protection Services
Now that the tragic abduction of Justina Pelletier by Boston Children's Hospital has been resolved after a national outcry, a bipartisan group of Congressional representatives are introducing new legislation to prevent the kind of medical abuses that led to Justina's forced confinement for more than 16 months. Justina's situation is not unique, but representative of a larger problem with Child Protection Services and hospitals all across the U.S. that use the foster care system to legally abduct children for medical research. Justina's case received national media attention from talk show hosts such as Dr. Phil, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee and many others, due to her parents refusal to obey a court gag order on her case. Others in the past have attempted to expose this corrupt system, such as Congresswoman Nancy Schaefer from Georgia. Congresswoman Schaefer lost her Senate seat in Georgia as a result of her speaking out, but states it was something “worth losing” for standing up for the rights of parents who were having their children kidnapped by CPS. She and her husband were found murdered in their home in 2010.
This week Judge Joseph Johnston of Massachusetts juvenile court awarded permanent custody of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier to the State of Massachusetts against her desires and the desires of her parents, and also amidst great public outcry. The plight of Justina's case has garnered national attention after her father disobeyed a gag order originally imposed by the judge (which has been since removed due to great public outcry). Justina's story has been covered in several major media outlets, such as Dr. Phil, The Blaze, FoxNews, and many others. If you are not familiar with this story, or think that it does not affect you, think again. This is a case where one medical institution, more powerful than another one in another state, has abused the power of the state to impose their views of psychiatric care by force against a different medical diagnosis by a different team of doctors. This also violates the right of the parents to choose their own medical treatment for their 15-year-old daughter, who has been removed from her family and kept detained under psychiatric care, away from her family for over a year now, even as her health continues to deteriorate. If this kind of medical tyranny is allowed to continue, even under tremendous negative national media exposure, it will drastically change the direction of forced medical treatment inside the United States and affect everyone. Could it be that Justina is part of some drug research going on at Boston Children’s Hospital, and that strong political forces aligned with Harvard are putting pressure on this judge? We may never know, but for now, the nation looks on in horror at what is happening in Massachusetts, and begins to learn just how widespread the practice of medical tyranny is in the United States today.
The mother of Justina Pelletier, the 15 year old girl who was seized by Boston Children's Hospital and held for over a year, reportedly collapsed in court Monday when she learned the judge was placing her daughter in foster care. Lou Pelletier, the father of Justina, had made a round of news and talk show appearances the previous week, telling the story of their daughter which has garnered national media attention. There were high hopes that they might see some positive results from this case that has been going on for over a year, but their daughter was not returned to them this time either. She will reportedly be transferred to a foster home until the next court appearance later in March.
The Boston Globe and the West Hartford Patch are reporting that Justina Pelletier has finally left Boston Children's Hospital, where she was held captive against her desire, and the desire of her parents, for almost one year. She has not been returned to her parents, however. She has reportedly been transferred to the Wayside Youth and Family Support Network in Framingham, Massachusetts, and is still under the care of doctors at Boston's Children's hospital. A judge ruled earlier this month (January 2014) that Boston Children's Hospital could not indefinitely detain Justina in their Children’s Bader 5 psychiatric unit, and reportedly ordered that a plan be put into place to transfer her back to Connecticut, which is where her home is and where her parents live. It is also where Tufts Medical Center is located, the facility originally treating Justina before Boston Children's Hospital had the Massachusetts Child Protection Agency seize custody of Justina due to a disagreement over her treatment. Beau Berman, a local investigative reporter from Fox CT, has covered this story in depth. He gives background information regarding Justina's case, showing how Boston Children's Hospital has a history of seizing children from parents. Some of those children have even died. Unless a local media source picks up the story, or it happens to someone you know, most Americans are totally unaware that this is happening quite frequently in the United States. Medical tyranny is sadly a reality today in the U.S., and if you disagree with a medical professional over the care of your child, you face losing custody of your child. Justina's case is especially bizarre, because the parents were actually following a treatment plan for her that was recommended by doctors in their home town. Their only "crime" was to disagree with the doctors at Boston Children's Hospital and want to discharge her and take her back to her original doctors. Boston Children's Hospital is part of the Harvard Medical School system, with strong ties to funding from the federal government. Boston Children's Hospital "is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric hospital. More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 on-staff members of the Institute of Medicine and 9 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute." Could it be that Justina is part of a medical research trial?
Another man attending the Justina Pelletier rallies outside the courthouse in Boston claims the same thing happened to his child, and that the hospital ended up killing his 2 year old son who had previously been healthy, and fed only organic food. He died in October 2013. Here is his statement on video. Another published story from 2008 explains a child died while in custody at Boston Children's Hospital, after being removed from her parents over a disagreement on medical treatment.
A teen-age girl who has been held at Boston Children's Hospital against her will and the will of her parents for 11 months due to a dispute in medical treatment may be transferred back to Connecticut soon. These are the reports coming out of the most recent court hearing in Boston. The judge presiding over the case has issued a gag order, so it is difficult to get details. The judge reportedly ruled that State of Massachusetts will not receive permanent custody of Justina Pelletier, where she has been held in custody in Boston Children’s Hospital “Bader 5″ psychiatric unit. It appears the judge would like Justina to go back to Connecticut, which is where she was originally being treated until Boston Children's Hospital intervened and kept her detained in their psych ward because of a disagreement over her diagnosis. The family had brought Justina in to Boston Children's Hospital to simply receive treatment for the flu. They have not been allowed to bring her home now for 11 months, as they watch her condition deteriorate, only being allowed to visit her once a week. Ted Glanzer of the West Hartford Patch has also been covering this story, and he reports that Kathleen Higgins, a former Boston Children’s nurse, wrote a Jan. 8 letter to Olga Roche, commissioner of the Department of Children and Families, stating that the hospital’s treatment of Justina in this case was more akin to “torture.” Unfortunately, Justina's story is not all that unusual. There are many cases very similar to this one, where Child Protection Services or a similar agency, is used by a doctor or hospital to seize children away from their parents when they did not comply to their recommended medical treatments.
Imagine, if you can, what it would be like to take your child into a hospital for emergency medical treatment, and then be told that the medical treatment you had been following previously, at the recommendation from your doctors, was wrong. They tell you that your daughter was not suffering from mitochondrial disorder at all, but instead was suffering from psychosomatic symptoms that needed psychiatric care. You disagree, and so you want to discharge your daughter from Boston Children's Hospital and take her to Tufts Medical Center, where she had previously received treatment. Under their care, your daughter has been leading a fairly normal life, and she had just been competing at an ice skating event a few weeks earlier. But instead, Boston Children's Hospital calls in Child "Protection", who then award custody of your child to the hospital. You are now involved in a long legal custody battle for 10 months, while not being allowed to take your daughter out of the hospital where she is being held prisoner. Finally you get a trial before a real judge, with the hopes this judge will act with common sense and allow your daughter to come home for Christmas. But no, that didn't happen. The judge leaves your daughter in the care of the hospital, because after all, in America everyone knows that the Medical Community knows what's best for everyone. It doesn't matter that hospitals are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, or that psychiatric diagnoses are completely subjective with no objective biological testing. Even when mistakes are made, it is all done for "greater good" of society, and the pharmaceutical companies, doctors, psychiatrists, and others within the medical system get to define "good."
Protest Planned for Justina Pelletier held by Boston Children’s Hospital Against Her Parents’ Will for Nearly 10 months
15 year old Justina from CT has been held at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) going on 10 months! Her parents and family are only allowed one hour of monitored visitation and 2 20 minute monitored phone calls each week. Shockingly, this family has written proof that every medical action taken by them in their care of Justina was ordered by a physician. Despite this proof, BCH forcibly removed the parents from Justina’s care and have since assumed custody of their child indefinitely. The parents of Justina's next court date is 12/5/13' We hope that Justina will be released to the custody of her parents that day. Please attend the protest and show your support for the family and all families that have been affected by such poor and unjust decisions.