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Abraham Cherrix Wins His Case

by @ 3:34 pm on August 16, 2006. Filed under Individual Liberty

The lawsuit in Accomack County, Virginia between the family of 16 year old cancer patient Abraham Cherrix and the county’s social services office is over, and Abraham has prevailed:

ACCOMAC, Va. — A 16-year-old cancer patient ’s legal fight ended in victory Wednesday when his family’s attorneys and social services officials reached an agreement that would allow him to forgo chemotherapy.

At the start of what was scheduled to be a two-day hearing, Accomack County Circuit Judge Glen A. Tyler announced that both sides had reached a consent decree, which Tyler approved.

Under the decree, Starchild Abraham Cherrix, who is battling Hodgkin’s disease, will be treated by an oncologist of his choice who is board-certified in radiation therapy and interested in alternative treatments. The family must provide the court updates on Abraham’s treatment and condition every three months until he’s cured or turns 18.

Tyler emphasized that the decree states that the parents weren’t medically neglectful.

Abraham saw the doctor last week, and defense attorneys told the judge that the doctor has indicated that he thinks that Abraham can be cured.

After the short hearing, the judge looked at Abraham and said, “God bless you, Mr. Cherrix.”

Last summer, the teen was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system considered very treatable in its early stages. He was so debilitated by three months of chemotherapy that he declined a second, more intensive round that doctors recommended early this year.

He since has been using an alternative herbal treatment called the Hoxsey method, the sale of which was banned in the United States in 1960.

After Abraham chose to go on the sugar-free, organic diet and take liquid herbal supplements under the supervision of a Mexican clinic, a social worker asked a juvenile court judge to intervene to protect the teen’s health. Last month, the judge found Abraham’s parents neglectful and ordered Abraham to report to a hospital for treatment as doctors deem necessary.

This is a good outcome in that it basically gives the family everything they wanted, and puts and end to the county’s assertion that they had the right to intervene in the family’s decision to begin with. I wish Abraham the best of luck.

Previous Posts:

The Nanny State vs. The Family
Judge Holds Teen With Cancer In Limbo
The Nanny State vs. The Family Part II

Its D-Day For Abraham Cherrix
Abraham Cherrix Gets A Reprieve
The Nanny State vs. The Family Part III?

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4 Responses to “Abraham Cherrix Wins His Case”

  1. Leo Scheiner says:

    We all wish Abraham the best of luck. I felt that even bringing this to a court hearing was outrageous since the family was clearly acting in their son’s wishes and best interest. There is an issue here that trancends the liberty of one individual. The Medical establishment that has become the proxy of the Pharmaceutical industry seeks to propagate by every means the idea that their concept of slash, poison and burn is the only legitimate way to deal with chronic disease. To the extent that they sought to supersede even the informed wish of Abraham and his parents, they make us aware that their dogmatic orthodoxy has become institutionalised in law. The orthodox medical establishment actively use their money and political leverage to conscript the forces of regulation in order to to enforce the tyranny of their monopoly on healing. Yet at the same time they are just an industry like any other, entirely motivated by profit. If Abrahams parents did not have the ability to pay for treatment would they have gone to court? Is it even remotely acceptable that healing should be a monopoly? It is time to start dismantling the regulatory controls that assert this monopoly since it does not work to the benefit of the sick. The one good thing – and probably the reason they settled out of court – is that Abraham was getting a lot of publicity for the idea that there are alternatives and that some people can and do choose such alternatives.

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