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Connecticut Teen Forced Into Chemotherapy Released From Hospital

A Connecticut teen who was forced by courts to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer has finished treatment and is expected to be released from the hospital.

The teen, identified in court documents only as Cassandra C., told The Associated Press that she will be released from the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center on Monday.


Doctors say her Hodgkin lymphoma, diagnosed in September, is now in remission. Cassandra posted photos after having the ports used to administer the chemo removed from her body on Friday.

Cassandra and her mother initially refused chemotherapy, prompting the state Department of Children and Families to step into the controversial decision.

The case went to the state Supreme Court, which ruled in January that the state of Connecticut wasn’t violating Cassandra’s rights by forcing her to go through with the chemotherapy treatment.

The case centered on whether the girl was mature enough to determine the best method to treat her cancer. Several other states recognize the “mature minor doctrine.”

Doctors said by undergoing chemotherapy, her chances of survival would be 85 percent, but without it there was a near-certainty of death within the next two years.

The teen’s mother, Jackie Fortin, of Windsor Locks, said they wanted to seek alternative treatment that didn’t including putting the “poison” of chemotherapy into her daughter’s body, CBS New York reported.

The toxins are “killing her body. They’re killing her organs. They’re killing her insides,” Fortin said.

After Cassandra was diagnosed with high-risk Hodgkin lymphoma, she and her mother missed several scheduled appointments, which prompted doctors at the hospital to notify the state Department of Children and Families, according to court documents.

The child welfare agency investigated, and a trial court granted the agency temporary custody of the 17-year-old. Lawyers for Cassandra and her mother then sought an injunction prohibiting medical treatment, however they were unsuccessful.

Connecticut Teen Forced Into Chemotherapy Released From Hospital

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