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The parents of a three-year-old, cancer-stricken boy from Florida have to allow chemotherapy for their son. This has been decided by a US state court, US media reports in unison. The parents of the lymphocytic leukemia sufferer had stopped treatment for fear of side effects and started alternative treatment. When the life of the three-year-old was endangered, the case landed in court.
The parents had tried to treat their son with medical cannabis, homeopathy, a vitamin therapy and an alkaline diet. During the trial, doctors urgently warned that these methods were not likely to kill the cancer. Without the chemotherapy it must be assumed that the boy would die in a short time. Ala'a defeated the cancer three times-19.30
Cancer: Chemotherapy has to go on
The judge therefore decided that the chemo must be continued – at least the first phase of the therapy. However, parents are free to use alternative medicine as well. For example, medicinal cannabis is legal in Florida and can be administered to children in the form of drops that are not psychoactive. After 28 days, so the verdict of the court, should be decided on the further therapy.
Although the three-year-old hovers according to the doctors in mortal danger, the parents reacted disappointed to the verdict. The case has triggered a discussion in the US about the rights of parents and patients. This was not least because the parents of the child with cancer had traveled to another state after the termination of chemotherapy and therefore their custody had been temporarily withdrawn. The boy is currently living with his grandparents.
Most common type of leukemia in under-14s
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is considered the most common childhood leukemia. The white blood cells multiply rapidly and uncontrollably and do not mature into functional cells. In Germany, about 450 children under the age of 14 contract it every year.
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Sources: AP, "Buzzfeed News", "Fox News", "NBC News", "BBC"
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