Truth Frequency Radio
Dec 12, 2013

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An 11-year-old Amish girl with leukemia, whose family halted chemotherapy because it was making her sick, won’t be forced to continue treatment, according to media reports.

The decision, filed in court Friday, was made by the girl’s court-appointed guardian, the Associated Press reported. The guardian, originally appointed to make medical decisions for the Sarah Hershberger, is halting her attempts because she does not know where Hershberger is.

Hershberger went into hiding after an Ohio court ruled on the side of the girl’s hospital that she has to continue chemotherapy, the New York Daily News reported. But Hershberger’s parents would rather pursue natural healing paths. The guardian was appointed in October and reports say Hershberger and her family left their home days before that.

With Hershberger still in the wind, the guardian, whose name according to the Akron Beach Journal is Maria Schimer, is letting go.

“It didn’t make sense to drag this on any longer,” Clair Dickinson, the guardian’s attorney, told the AP.

The disagreement between Hershberger’s family and the hospital began over the summer. Hershberger was diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma, which doctors say is highly treatable, in April. Hershberger’s parents, who live on a farm in an Amish community in Spencer, Ohio, first went to Akron Children’s Hospital for help. Hershberger was set up for two years of chemotherapy.

But in June, the girl’s parents stopped the chemo because the second round made her ill.

“Our belief is the natural stuff will do just as much as that stuff if it’s God’s will,” Hershberger’s father, Andy, told ABCNews.

The hospital then took the family to court, saying they have a moral and legal responsibility to make sure Hershberger gets the care she needs, the AP reported.

With the guardian’s decision to not force chemo, perhaps the family can now do what they think is best for their daughter in peace.

“If we do chemotherapy and she would happen to die, she would probably suffer more than if we would do it this way and she would happen to die,” Andy told ABC News.