Guardian ad Litem Representation for a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy in Rural Minnesota Diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Robins Kaplan attorneys represented Guardian ad Litem for a thirteen year-old boy in rural Minnesota who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The boy's parents refused conventional medical treatments, despite their high success rate, claiming those treatments violated their spiritual beliefs. Left untreated, the child's cancer had a greater than 90% chance of causing death.

After a two-day trial, a judge determined that the child was medically neglected by his parents and ordered him to undergo chemotherapy. The mother then fled the state with the child. The media focused a great deal of attention on the case until the mother and the child returned to Minnesota. The child has now completed his prescribed chemotherapy.
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Brandon E. Vaughn


Chair, Black Firm Member Resource Group

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