The Appeal Court backed the decision of the lower court judge.
I am not rejoicing that the girl is necessarily getting the blood, tho I certainly like her chances for survival far better this way than with the 'alternative' treatment. I have long been of the opinion that people have the right to chose medical treatment as long as it is an informed decision
The court in their ruling support the fact that this girl did not make an inofrmed choice and was under intense pressure from the church, not her own belief. The court agreed that this girl had not been given a fair chance to consider the alternatives available nor did she have the life experience to make his kind of decision.
It set in place a phenomenal precedent that can be used in Child Custody as well as future blood cases. It shows that 1) the best interests of the child standard is applicable in medical situations, even involving teens, and 2) the WtchTower is in the view of the Court a high controlling religion that shelters their adherants from positive life experiences.
I am trying to get a full copy of the judge's reason's for judgment. If I can find them, I will post them here.
Although this is a relief I am sure for the father..his daughter is getting the treatment she needs, he still has to deal with the costs involved and more stressing, the emotional trauma of being shunned by his family.
Time for those positive thoughts, vibes, prayers..or even better quick notes of support.
Lets hope this can save some teenagers' lives!!!
Kismet - who enjoys seeing the Society's mature minor argument being set on its ear!!
Here is a link to one article just released: