Tuesday, May 26, 2009

On a More Serious Note

Occasionally I like to post on relevant news topics that have been on my mind. [This blog is so much more than about cheeseballs, McFlurries, belly piercings and Alec Baldwin. Ok, so maybe it's not yet, but that's the plan.]

Last week this photo was in the news again.
I'm sure many of you recognize the photo. Her name is Madeline. And she was 11 years old at the time of her death.

Did she have some rare inclurable disease? No. She had diabetes and would still be alive today were it not for her "loving" parents who neglected to get her medical treatment and chose, instead to watch her die.

I know that certain religions take a stand against blood transfusions and chemo, but that was not the case here. If she had received the diabetes medications she needed, she would be alive today. Who knows what the vibrant girl in the picture would have achieved in her lifetime?

According to the article I read on FoxNews (yes, FoxNews; y'all just calm down now), her mother, Leilani Neumann (and I quote) "is charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the Easter 2008 death of her 11-year-old daughter Madeline from undiagnosed diabetes. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

Neumann has said her family believes in the Bible, which says healing comes from God, and she never expected her daughter to die."

Her father considered her illness a "test of faith" and believed she was under a "spiritual attack."

This is their excuse for never taking her to the doctor???????

I'm hoping she gets the maximum penalty. In my mind, this is a simple case of child neglect. Certain people were never meant to be parents. Losers..

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Musings of the Mrs. said...

I remember this from Nancy Grace. Yep. Thats where I get my news. It made me so mad. It seems like child abuse to me...watch a child get sicker and sicker with no help. Healing may come from God, but maybe, just maybe, God helps us along through brilliant scientists and modern medicine.

Suburbia Steph said...

Wow. That's sad.

Lucy said...

So, sad. Just all the way so sad. You can't even reason with people like that. SAD:(

Marie said...

This is sad. I know that followers of certain religions believe that God alone should heal BUT it seems that God gave us the knowledge to heal ourselves. I'm always hearing how God says that we should help ourselves. Doesn't it ever cross their minds that God gave us medical knowledge to help ourselves by healing ourselves?

I'm not religious. But a few months ago an otherwise healthy high school senior died from appendicitis bc his parents refused to take him to the doctor. They believed that God would heal him if that was God's plan. He died a painful death before he even experienced the world bc of their decision. It makes me mad.

Blue State Cowgirl said...

Wow! A sticky one. I certainly don't want kids to die needlessly, but I don't want the State to trample on anyone's religious rights. However, that said, I wouldn't mind intervention and medical treatment for a child on the basis that they are not adult and can't make that "refusing medical help" decision for themselves. When they are old enough to vote, serve in the army, etc. then maybe they can refuse medical treatment.

Christine said...

I agree, there was kinda the same thing in aussieland, a 7 year old who died of malnutrition. Her parents are up for manslaughter which could mean anything now.

that girl was so pretty. she could have been an awesome adult. some people just need a f***ing slap on the face and told to wake up!

Angel said...

It is Child abuse pure and simple, my daughter has had diabetes since she was a child, she is 28 now. Diabetes can be controled with diet. If you are against medication, there is still no excuse. You have to be careful what you eat and make sure it does not get to that point where you need medications.
My youngest daught died at 11 from complications following heart surgery. I did everything I could to keep her alive. I would move heaven and earth to bring her back. This is inexcusable

Joy said...

Losers indeed. I hadn't heard about this tragic situation.

God blessed us with people who researched and discovered treatments to give us a better quality of life.

I can't wrap my head around this.

~Kristen~ said...

Those sorry excuses for parents should be locked up forever. That is not manslaughter...it is murder by way of child abuse and neglect. It just disgusting! I would have given anything to have been able to have a child and couldn't and yet assholes like these do. Sick!

Rebecca Jo said...

I dont get people like that... I'm a total believer of the Bible.. but I believe God HEALS through medicines & Doctors who he's blessed with such knowledge...

I hate to pass judgement on anyone, but I certainly dont agree with the direction they took... that poor child..

Kristin said...

Disgusting. I can't imagine not wanting everything possible done to ensure the health of my child.

Christina said...

Makes you wonder what they were thinking. The rest of us take are children to the dr over the slightest sign of illness.

Kelly said...

That sucks. As someone who knows a lot about JDS, it is very simple to deal with. Nowadays (old lady speak) they just install a pump and that kid has to learn about carbs. That's it. They will then mostly live a trouble free life. Probably their kidneys won't be affected and everything will be fab.

This is sad and it sucks. Too much is done wrong in the name of God and it angers me.

Heard about the chemo kid from Minnesota? I can't even imagine...

carma said...

Musings of the Mrs.
I like your source for news ;-) she does scare me a bit, though.
Couldn't agree more..

Suburbia Steph-
Very depressing :-(

You hit the nail on the head- unreasonable!!

How sad to hear this. That case pretty much mirrors this situation. Both inexcusable in my mind!

Blue State-
I'm not a big fan of "more government" either; Just confounded why they never even bothered to take her to a doctor...

Sorry to hear about the 7 year old. So many sad stories out there- that could have been prevented!!!

You bring up such a good point. Sounds like they never even bothered to find out what was wrong with her- which is insane!! How true that if they were against medication there would have been other options available.
Thanks for sharing about your daughter. Glad she is doing well..

How true. Man has made so many advances, why not take advantage of them...I could see if this was back in the Little House on the Prairie days- but not now!

You said it- there are people like yourself who would do anything for a child - and then there are idiots like this couple :-(

Rebecca Jo-
It will never make sense to me either...

You got it. This like of thinking is so twisted. To just sit there and do nothing??? Beyond my comprehension as a parent.

I would have been in a panic getting help wherever I could find it!

I'm happy to hear that the boy is going to get treatment. I think they said the survival rate would be 90% which is awesome..

nikkicrumpet said...

Sadly enough we live in a society that has stopped valuing it's children. It scares me to think how many people who are out there that don't put any value on human life. And I'm pretty sure God put medical help here...so that means it's God doing the healing...just through someone elses hands. It's soo very sad.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

So sad.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Carma, those bigots don't deserve to have beautiful children, only to kill them, literally with neglect.

That this should happen in the 21st century is just appalling... We cannot embrace such behaviours, they deserve to be seriously prosecuted!

onebetamom said...

This reminds me of the story about how the man who is waiting on the roof as the flood waters grow higher and a boat comes by to save him. He says, no, God will save me. A helicopter comes by and he says, nope, I'm staying here cause God will save me. He, of course, drowns and asks God in Heaven why God didn't save him. God said who do you think sent the boat and the helicopter?

Does this mother not believe that God is the one who created the man who invented the diabetes medication in the first place? (sorry but I'm assuming it's a man and am too lazy to google.)

To me this really is one of the biggest downfalls to "religion" - we create our own rules and give "credit" to our religion.

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