Amish Family Flees Ohio to Avoid Daughter's Leukemia Treatment

The family of a 10-year-old Amish girl has fled the state of Ohio in an effort to avoid having the girl subjected to anti-cancer treatments.

Andy and Anna Hershberger and their daughter Sarah have disappeared from their home in Homer Township, Ohio, presumably to avoid the treatments that the state of Ohio had deemed necessary to save the girl's life. Sarah has been diagnosed with a treatable type of leukemia, but after one round of chemotherapy at Akron Children's Hospital, the girl decided she could not endure it.

This is only the latest in a real-life drama being played out between modern medicine and the state of Ohio on one side, and the traditions of an Amish community on the other.

Family opts out of treatment

Officials at Akron Children's believe they have a moral and legal responsibility to see to it that the girl receives the treatments that evidence shows can save her life. They say she faces almost certain death without them.

Sarah's parents had initially agreed to the two-year treatment protocol, but before a second round of chemotherapy was to begin, Sarah appealed to her parents for it to end, claiming it was making her very ill.

After extensive prayer, they stopped bringing her to treatments. Akron Children's sought guardianship over the girl in an effort to make sure she received treatment. An Ohio appeals court granted it, saying the rights of the state to protect a child outweighed the religious beliefs of the child's parents in this case. The decision has been appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

In the meantime, the family has apparently fled their farm in Homer Township, and their whereabouts remain unknown. Word is that the girl is receiving treatment in the form of herbs and vitamins.

Feature photo depicts the Hershberger family farm. Photo credits: Medina Gazette/Kiera Manion-Fischer

Source: Medina Gazette

More Articles

More Articles

This article looks at the Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma survival rate as well as the Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma mortality rate ....

The term NK T cell lymphoma refers to one of two subtypes of lymphoma that affect the NK (Natural Killer)...

Canine lymphoma is a fairly common cancer in American dogs. The most commonly seen lymphoma in America is a type called Lymphosarcoma, although...

Prednisone is a glucocorticosteroid (a steroid) used in the treatment of many types of cancers. It functions as an anti-inflammatory medicine that...

Marginal zone lymphomas (MZL) are indolent lymphomas that affect the B-cells. The...

Large Cell Lymphoma (LCL) is typically an aggressive (fast growing) cancer of either the B cell or T cell type. They are one of the most common...

A B cell is a type of lymphocyte that produces antibodies to fight infections. These are the most prevalent lymphocytes in the bloodstream and are...

Aggressive Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphomas (NHLs) are fast growing cancers (as opposed to indolent cancers). They involve...

A lymphoma prognosis varies greatly depending on the type of lymphoma. There are more than 35 types of lymphoma, including 5 types of...

What causes lymphoma is not well known. DNA mutations may be what causes lymphoma to develop but what triggers these mutations is...

Often the one who makes the first diagnosis of Hodgkin's Lymphoma / Disease is the person affected. There are some...

Lymphedema is abnormal swelling due to the presence of excess lymphatic fluid within the tissues. This swelling occurs when the...

RICE is an acronym for an anti-cancer treatment that expresses a combination chemotherapeutic regimen. This regimen is written variously as "R+ICE...

Hodgkin's Disease—also referred to as Hodgkin's Lymphoma, these are the exact same diseases, just...

Lymphoma is a cancer affecting the white blood cells (lymphocytes) of the body's immune system. The cells begin to grow abnormally and much faster...