Skip to comments.Justina Pelletier Case Reaches Its "Watergate" Moment
Posted on 04/24/2014 4:15:37 AM PDT by suspects
Weve now reached the Watergate stage of the Justina Pelletier debacle: What does Gov. Deval Patrick know and when did he know it?
Justina is the former Tufts Medical Center mitochondrial patient seized by Boston Childrens Hospital and the state Department of Children and Families, who turned her into a somatoform subject. After reports in these pages Friday that she was being denied the opportunity to attend Easter Mass with her devoutly Catholic family, Patrick rushed out a letter to state Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) about accommodations DCF was making.
I see in your letter that you continue to misunderstand the role of the commonwealth in Justinas case, Patrick wrote the representative. Justina is in DCF custody because a judge ruled that her parents were unfit to care for her in February 2013. [A] decision, Patrick wrote, based on a detailed record of the history of neglect in the home.
Wait what? What detailed record? What history of neglect in the home? Where did that come from?
As the governor mentioned, Justina was seized back in early 2013 during her initial visit to Childrens. That hospital and DCF knew literally nothing about the Pelletier family of Connecticut at that time certainly not about life in the home.
Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Johnstons March 2014 ruling is clear on that point: At the outset, [Massachusetts] DCF filed a report of neglect of Justina by her parents with the [Connecticut] DCF, he wrote. That outset was four days after her arrival at Childrens. How could anyone at DCF have any knowledge of neglect in the home.
According to the Pelletier family, nobody from the Massachusetts DCF has been in their home ever. Given that the Pelletiers live in Connecticut, how could they have been?
But lets say...
(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...
The courts are protecting the egos at the hospital.
They don’t give a damn about the girl or the family.
This case sickens me. It reeks all the way up to weasel Patrick’s office now. It’s a national outrage. But very little national coverage, from what I’ve seen.
they are hoping she dies and makes the point moot. If she dies they are safe. If they release her, and she gets better under her parent’s doctor’s care, their evil will be obvious to everyone.
Maybe Obama can give Justina clemency
The Guv could do that, which is the point of the article.
I dont think she can get better. I believe that the disease damages the nervous system when untreated. I she does get better it will take years and some of the damage will be permanent.
I’ll have to do some checking, but IIRC there was a habeus corpus action filed somewhere (in MA?) that would have forced the state to enlighten the court on the ‘facts’ of the case and the concerns over the child’s health and welfare.
At the time, that sounded like a very good ‘next step’.
He should be in Gov. Deval Patrick office screaming about a citizen of his state being held against her will in the commonwealths torcher chambers without trial or due process.
the quack at Childrens who diagnosed her in a couple minutes needs to be fired
The new fad for “somatoform disorder” has every parent with a chronically-ill child worried.
In a case like this one, whatever the opinions of the original treater were, they have been reviewed and confirmed by his senior, by a chiefs panel, by the board, by house counsel, and by CRICO.
It is possible that they are all wrong, but that's not the way to bet.
at this point they are all cya
FOIA all records on the case.
You have the records?
There is actually a strong basis for suing the hospital for rushing to make this diagnosis. Another child with mitrochondrial disorder was slapped with that somatoform diagnosis and the family dealt with child protective services, though the child is with the family.
And there are several other cases of the hospital calling in child protective services when the family disagreed with the doctor.
I don’t, the whole case is confidential by statute but this soma crapola is Children’s big money maker, grant getter, etc. It’s all about the dough
Another case where the courts are clearly wrong, lots of that going around
I didn't realize it had reached the level of a fad. Could be -- isn't the BCH psychiatrist who started all this doing "research" to prove somatoform disorder is the true cause of 50% of childhood illnesses?
Yes, and other doctors are bringing it up in cases where diagnosis is difficult. I have two friends with children who have chronic headaches, and if a doctor mentions somatoform disorder, their reaction is “Oh, freep, get me out of here!”
That won't be much consolation if their daughter dies while she's locked up there.
I was wondering if the parents can sue. I mean, if Justina is in DCF custody, couldn't a judge rule that the parents don't have standing to sue on her behalf? I don't know, but maybe that's part of why the judge gave DCF custody.
That's a good question-If not the governor, maybe Connecticut CS, or someone else in Justina's home state?
How can denying her Easter services with her Catholic family, visits with them, and not letting her speak to her priest- be right?
The Boston Bomber has more rights, and has been treated better in prison, than Justina has by BCH.
They (BCH) need to be confronted about why they are allowing a sick child in their care to be traumatized like this.
If they do not put a stop to what is being done to Justina by their "doctors" , they do not deserve their reputation as " a world renowned pediatric facility".
They will fully deserve to be rearded as a facility that puts its financial and political interests above all else , including the well being of the children in its care
you know what? my migraines began when I was 7 years old. I can remember like it was yesterday. But no one took you to the neurologist back then.
One of my daughters had migraines in the last couple of years, and we saw a neurologist. They’ve largely faded as the first throes of puberty passed, fortunately.
The neurologist suggested seeing a psychiatrist, because my daughter is 14 and has an attitude problem. Fortunately, the doctor didn’t push it, especially after we saw our GP and he said she seemed normal, for a self-absorbed teen. However, we could have been threatened with a “medical neglect” charge for not following the suggestion.
wonder how many kids that idiot neurologist has
I didn’t ask. She was nice enough, but I suppose when all you have is hammer, everything looks like a nail ... that is to say, doctors often just want to *prescribe*, even when the “illness” is “being a 14-year-old girl.”
There is no other way to put it.