Lawyer says ailing girl in good spirits

CALGARY SUN (Canada), Aug. 7, 2002


A Jehovah’s Witness girl undergoing experimental cancer treatment in a secret location appears to be doing well, her lawyer said.

The girl is receiving an experimental form of chemotherapy for her leukemia in an undisclosed North American clinic.

Gnam said the treatment targets only cancerous cells in her blood, which means it takes longer to work than traditional chemotherapy, which kills even the good blood cells but requires blood transfusions.

The girl fought unsuccessfully to halt her treatments because they went against her religious beliefs.

She was made a ward of the province, and her father fought for the blood transfusions at the cost of his family and church community.

His wife and two other daughters left him, and he said the church has turned against him for going against its beliefs forbidding the use of blood.

A judge stopped the transfusions last month after doctors recommended only palliative care for the girl, who vows to continue the fight for future children who don’t want forced treatment.

Canada’s Supreme Court has already refused to hear her case, offering no reason.

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