Multiple media outlets are now reporting that Amish cancer patient Sarah Hershberger and her parents have fled the country. In case you are not familiar with Hershberger and her case, here is a little background.
Sarah Hershberger is a 10-year-old Amish girl with Leukemia. Hershberger’s parents are in the midst of a lengthy legal battle with the state of Ohio because they are refusing chemotherapy treatment for their daughter. The Hershberger family is invoking their parental rights to refuse chemotherapy treatments, but doctors and legal attorneys involved say their decision will kill Sarah.
If treated, doctors believe Sarah has a great chance to survive. But if she receives only the homeopathic remedies that her parents desire, she will almost certainly die.
In October, an Ohio court granted the state limited guardianship over Hershberger. The guardianship gave legal attorneys and medical officials the right to make Hershberger’s medical decisions. After the court’s decision, it seemed to be only a matter of time until Sarah would begin chemo treatments. That is, until it was revealed that Sarah and her parents have fled the country.
After the October ruling, a taxi was sent to the Hershberger's house to pick up Sarah and take her to the hospital. When the taxi arrived, no one was home. Now, the Hershberger’s attorney is reporting that the family has fled the country in an effort to avoid Sarah being taken by state authorities.
"They don't want Sarah to be taken away," attorney Maurice Thompson said.
The family is giving Sarah a regimen of herbal remedies that they believe are alleviating her symptoms. Alleviation and curing are two different things, though.
At some point, the parents plan to return to the country and file a motion to terminate the guardianship. Until then, they will remain abroad and continue to treat Sarah with herbal remedies. Hopefully they make it back before long, otherwise it might be too late.