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Teen Forced To Undergo Chemotherapy, Denied Visit With Mom By Court (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A Connecticut teen, who was forced by a court to submit to chemotherapy because she has cancer, will not be allowed to see her mother, per a recent court order.

The teen, identified only as "Cassandra C.," suffers from Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is a cancer that strikes the lymphatic system.

Cassandra C. has been undergoing treatment at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center (CCMC) since December 2014, but has not been allowed to leave.

A Connecticut Superior Court judge ruled this week that Cassandra C. must remain at the hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, and that her mother, Jackie Fortin, could not visit her.

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Connecticut's Department of Children and Families (DCF) has custody of Cassandra C. until she finishes the court-mandated chemotherapy.

Cassandra C. told PEOPLE, "I cried when I found out. I'm just heartbroken right now. Why are they keeping me from my mom? It is really unnecessary. I want to be with my mom. I'm devastated."

The 17 year old added, "I'm not surprised at the ruling. But I'm really disappointed. I thought the judge would at least let me see my mom. After all this time, I am in remission. I have gone along with everything they have told me to do. But nothing has changed."

In January, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the DCF was not violating the teen's rights by requiring her to undergo chemotherapy against her will, noted Yahoo! Health.

Cassandra C. had her cell phone confiscated and there is an armed guard outside her locked hospital room, reported Fox Connecticut in January (video below).

DCF Commissioner Joette Katz told PEOPLE that the DCF is "looking forward to the day later this month when Cassandra can happily return home after her treatment is completed and the doctors are confident that she has beaten the cancer."

Sources: PEOPLE, Yahoo! Health, Fox Connecticut
Image Credit: Fox Connecticut