For approximately 1 year, the Pelletier family have been fighting a custody battle with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to win their 15 year old daughter back. Their teenage daughter Justina Pelletier was being treated in Connecticut for what was diagnosed as Mitochondrial Disease at Tufts Medical Center. Sometime last year she started to suffer from complications from the Flu and was transported to Boston Massachusetts to Boston Children’s Hospital. While she was there receiving flu treatment, the doctors believed that Justina had been misdiagnosed by Tufts and claimed that she was instead suffering from Somatoform Disorder.
15 Year Old Justina Pelletier May Finally Go Home
Due to the conflict in diagnosis between the two medical centers, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families decided to take legal custody of Justina Pelletier to prevent her from returning home and being treated for what they believed was the wrong medical condition. This all started when the Pelletiers disagreed with allowing her to be treated for the Somatoform Disorder, which they believed was a misdiagnosis. Over this past year the Pelletier Family has only been able to visit their daughter with the approval of the Hospital and the Department of Children and Families. These times have been emotionally tough for the family, and for Justina too.
Finally the Pelletier Family feels like they are making progress in seeing the return of their child, whom they plan to bring back to Connecticut and have treatment continued at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families has notified the Pelletiers that they plan to take actions to return Justina to their custody, and that they will agree to let the family continue to treat her at Tufts Medical Center as well.
Over the past year, the Pelletier Family has struggled hard, fighting legal and civil battles to try to win back their rights to take care of their own daughter, and to bring her home. While this has not yet come to closure for the family, it shows that there are parties involved who are willing to set things right after such a long time being away from home.
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15 Year Old Justina Pelletier May Finally Go Home.