Court Rejects Teen Girl With Cancer Who Won’t Undergo Chemo [VIDEO, POLL]
The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled a 17-year-old girl with cancer must continue to receive chemotherapy, despite the fact she doesn't want it.
The girl, identified as Cassandra C., is battling Hodgkin's lymphoma and doctors say that chemotherapy gives her an 85% chance of living. Cassandra, however, is opposed to filling her body with toxins and has sought other types of treatment.
Cassandra's mother, Jackie Fortin, supports her daughter:
She does not want the toxins. She does not want people telling her what to do with her body and how to treat it. They are also killing her body. They are killing her organs. They're killing her insides. It's not even a matter of dying. She's not going to die."
Doctors have said that if Cassandra did not undergo chemotherapy she would die within two years. She claimed she was old enough to make her own decisions, but the court disagreed, saying she was not mature enough, especially since she had run away from home after her first two treatments.