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Ohio Amish girl, family flee to avoid forced chemo
Ohio Amish girl

Ohio Amish girl, family flee to avoid forced chemo

An attorney for a 10-year-old Amish girl with leukemia and her parents says the family has fled their home in Ohio, leaving the country at one point to stop her from being forced to resume chemotherapy treatments.

The attorney says the family left just days before a state appeals court appointed a guardian to take over medical decisions for the girl after her parents stopped her chemotherapy treatments.

The Medina Gazette reports Sarah Hershberger and her parents weren’t at home in Homer Township during an Oct. 30 welfare check, and authorities haven’t seen them since summer.

Last month, a court decided an attorney who is a registered nurse would have power to make medical decisions for the girl. That guardian’s attorney says he isn’t sure where the family is.
Doctors have said Sarah will die without chemotherapy.

Her parents say they stopped the treatments because the effects were terrible and opted for “natural” medicines. The Amish generally shun modern life.




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