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Teen cancer patient seeks to stop judge’s treatment order
By SONJA BARISIC
Associated Press Writer
<!-- BEGIN MEDIA BOX NUMBER 1 --><!-- END MEDIA BOX NUMBER 1 -->ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) – A 16-year-old cancer patient was headed to court to try to block a judge’s order requiring him to report to a hospital for treatment as doctors deem necessary.
A juvenile court judge on Monday denied a request by lawyers for Starchild Abraham Cherrix and his parents to not enforce his order pending an appeal in a higher court, but the Accomack County Circuit Court scheduled a hearing Tuesday to consider a request to take over the case and grant the stay.
Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell filed a brief supporting a stay, arguing that Abraham deserves the right to appeal the order to the Circuit Court before undergoing medical treatment.
John Stepanovich, lawyer for Jay and Rose Cherrix, said the Circuit Court was aware that the order required Abraham to be at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk – about 80 miles from the courthouse – by 1 p.m. Tuesday. The hearing was at noon.
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He refused a second round of chemotherapy when he learned early this year that his Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes, was active again. He chose instead to go on a sugar-free, organic diet and take herbal supplements under the supervision of a clinic in Mexico. A social worker then asked a judge to require the teen to continue conventional treatment.
In his order Friday, Judge Jesse E. Demps also found the parents neglectful for allowing Abraham to pursue alternative treatment. He required them to continue sharing custody of Abraham with the Accomack County Department of Social Services, as he previously had ordered.
<!-- BEGIN MEDIA BOX NUMBER 3 --><!-- END MEDIA BOX NUMBER 3 -->On the Net:
Abraham Cherrix: http://www.abrahamsjourney.com
Abraham is fighting for his life and does not want to do Chemo.
The crooked court system is forcing it down his throat.