Spread the Word About Justina Pelletier
Dear People of Tumblr,
There’s an important event going on right now in close proximity to where I live, and it’s important that the world knows about this. I really need a signal boost, guys, if you could help out. I know that I don’t have many followers, and I know that I don’t have a very fancy theme, but I need this post to get attention.
Justina Pelletier is a 15 year old girl from Connecticut. She was diagnosed with Mitochondrial disease and over a year ago, was being treated at Tufts Medical Center in Boston by Dr. Mark Korson. In February 2013, she contracted the flu, and since Dr. Korson was unavailable at the time, he suggested that she be sent in for treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital. However, once admitted, doctors there said that she did not have Mitochondrial disease and that instead her disorder was psychosomatic. They insisted on treating her there for the psychological disorder they believed she had. Her parents weren’t convinced with the diagnosis, believing in the former diagnosis of mitochondrial disease, and therefore did not agree to have her treated at the hospital.
However, the doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital thought that by doing this the parents weren’t caring for Justina properly. They went to court, and the state of Massachusetts took custody of Justina. For over a year now, Justina has been in the state’s care. For months she was kept at Boston Children’s Hospital and she has been treated in various psychiatric wards. For over a year, she has not been receiving any education, and her parents are permitted to see her for an hour once a week with hospital personnel present during the visit. Her condition has been deteriorating. Her parents have taken many cases to court, and recently a Massachusetts Judge declared that Justina should be transferred back to Tufts, but no such transfer has taken place. On Friday, March 20th the judge will decide whether or not to grant Justina’s parents conditional custody.
What it comes down to is that this girl is being denied the ability to see her parents, she is being denied to the right of education and she is suffering as she is being treated in an incorrect fashion. It is abhorrent to me that something like this is happening so close to my home. This case transcends politcs. It is about humanity. And I understand that there are many terrible things going on in the world, but that doesn’t make this any less terrible. Please spread the word about Justina, we are trying to get her home, but what is needed most importantly is attention, and I believe in the great things this website can do. So please, signal boost, for Justina and her family.
Below I have linked to the first few articles I saw about her, if you would like to read more. If you want even more information just google Justina Pelletier.