Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Revised: Never push someone to the point where they have nothing to fear or lose.

Added 2/28/14- Finally, a ray of hope:


Never push someone to the point where they have nothing to fear or lose.

That is a summary of a basic fact - that once an individual has no reason be concerned about consequences for one's actions or refusal to acquiesce to tyranny, those who have wronged him and those he loves have run out of options to control him any longer. 

"....you are strong only as long as you don't deprive people of everything. For a person you've taken everything from is no longer in your power..."-   Words of warning from a character in a Soviet Gulag to his tormentor in the book In the First Circle by Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn.

This post is a follow- up to a recent post. I normally add short revisions if new developments warrant it, but this particular case is of a much greater magnitude.

Below is an excerpt from the original post:

"Mitochondrial disease is not well-known by most of us. The disease affects the part of the human cell that functions as an energy factory. The first time that I even became aware of it was a few years ago when the enormously talented Major League Baseball player Rocco Baldelli* had to spend several years trying to resurrect his promising professional baseball career in spite of his affliction with the disorder. It eventually proved to be too great an obstacle for him to continue playing at that level.

Justina Pelletier had been diagnosed with the same disorder and had been receiving treatment for it. Her sister also has the same condition. At one point, she came down with a case of influenza and was brought to another hospital. She was (very) briefly reviewed by a Neurologist who, apparently in a quite cavalier manner, decided that the problem was psychological. When her parents insisted that she be allowed to continue with the medications for the original diagnosis, things got ugly - very ugly.

I don't know if the Neurologist has good friends in the hospital administration or not, but what has followed the dispute is a prime example of a bureaucratic and Social Services employees both working in collusion and running amok. The parents lost custody of their own child - over one year ago, for working to secure what they and other doctors believe are necessary treatments, no one seems to be willing to allow evidence that runs contrary to what the Neurologist said, and a judge even placed a gag order on the girl's father - who is now, understandably, unilaterally dispensing with the judge's interdict to tell the story of the nightmare that his family is enduring.

To me, this appears to be an event cascade. A host of poor and high-handed decisions were made early on, and everything that occurred after that have been nothing more than feverish attempts to protect the bad moves on the part of the Neurologist, hospital administration, Social Service employees, and the judge that is tyrannically yet ineptly handling this case......."

With a Contempt of Court charge lodged against him for rightfully refusing to be bound by a gag order imposed by the judge who is mal-handling ("mal" is an intentional prefix) the case, Justina Pelletier's Dad, Lou now has cause to be more concerned than ever about the plight of his daughter.


"Lou Pelletier says his family is a “wreck” after a judge ruled Monday that his daughter, 15-year-old Justina Pelletier, will be placed into foster care for the time being.

“We’re fighting corruption. We’re fighting evil,” he told TheBlaze’s Lis Klimas, adding that the case is a “national outrage.”

Lou and his family have been engaged in a legal battle for over a year in an attempt to regain custody of Justina. It began when physicians at Boston Children’s Hospital concluded that Justina has somataform disorder, a physiological condition, not mitochondrial disease. After Lou and his wife, Linda, objected, citing Justina’s diagnosis and extensive treatment for mitochondrial disease by doctors at Tufts Medical Center, the Department of Children and Families was brought in and they lost custody of their daughter.

Though Justina was ice skating before being taken to Boston Children’s a year ago, Lou says she is now in a wheelchair and her condition is rapidly worsening, since she is not receiving the medical treatment she needs.

His wife and oldest daughter were able to briefly see Justina last Friday, Lou told Glenn Beck Tuesday, and “what they saw appalled them.”

“She has a port into her colon. There were severe red lines, no doubt poisoned sepsis creeping into the system,” he said slowly. “The DCF
[Massachusetts Division of Children and families] people were laughing at it. So we had to raise a red flag. We talked to one of the top surgeons … who goes, ‘that could be deadly! What are they doing? That needs to be checked immediately!’ … We had to beg to get a doctor to come in and look at it.”...............................

Mat Staver, the founder and Chairman of the Liberty Counsel, told Beck that in his 27 years of practicing law, he has “never seen anything like this.”
First, he said, he’s never seen a case when a family following the expert medical advice of one group of physicians over another can lose their daughter for 13 months. He’s also never seen anything like the gag order placed on the family. And he’s never seen a situation where the media and additional legal counsel have been so thoroughly blocked from the case.

Essentially, he said, the state wants to keep the case “quiet” and “kick the can down the road,” so to speak. He added that when Linda Pelletier was able to visit her daughter Friday for her monitored, hour-long weekly visit, she wasn’t even allowed to bring her cell phone “to photograph her own daughter’s condition.”......"

The Pelletier'shave been rendered desperate by a neurologist who will not back down from his piss-poor diagnosis, a hospital administration that will not reverse their decision to support the neurologist who started this criminally negligent debacle, Social Service employees who would not entertain the possibility that Justina's original diagnosis just may be the correct one, and a hubris-filled judge who will do anything but his job.

This is an abomination. 

I would not be surprised  if a rescue operation is launched to get Justina out of Massachusetts and into a state where she can receive the necessary medical treatments.  

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