Glenn Beck on Tuesday implored his listeners to speak up over the case of Justina Pelletier, a 15-year-old who has been at the center of a fierce battle between her parents, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Boston Children’s Hospital.
"I have been in this fight before, with Terri Schiavo," Beck said. "That one we lost. We might lose Justina."
For those not familiar with the case, a little more than one year ago, Justina's parents lost custody after disagreeing with a Boston Children's Hospital diagnosis that their daughter had somatoform disorder, a psychiatric condition. They believed she had mitochondrial disease, a condition she had been receiving treatment for by doctors at Tufts Medical Center.
The parents were accused of "over-medicalizing" their daughter, and are now restricted to 20-minute, monitored phone calls and weekly visits with their child at a DCF facility.
Justina's parents have been fighting against Boston Children's Hospital and the state's Department of Children and Families for more than a year, as they believe she needs to be treated for mitochondrial disorder, a diagnosis some doctors disagreed with. (Image source: Facebook)
But while Justina's condition would have presumably improved once she was removed from the care of her "over-medicalizing" parents, Lou Pelletier, the girl's father, said her condition is rapidly worsening.
Breaking a court-imposed gag-order to speak with TheBlaze, Lou said his daughter was ice skating in February of last year, and she now has "no strength below the hips, [and] minimal strength above the hips." He said she has been "tortured, physically and mentally, for over a year" and nothing has been done to stop it.
"The head games that have been played on Justina are worse than any Stephen King novel," he claimed on Glenn Beck's radio program Tuesday, adding that he fears his daughter is "dying."
Lou explained that his daughter has colon issues because of mitochondrial disease, and doctors at Tufts performed surgery to insert a colostomy tube to be able to flush out her system.
Now, he claimed, "going for days or weeks at a time ... [they will] not do the flush." Rather, he added, they make Justina "sit on the toilet" for "hours," saying it is "all in her head."
"Why does your other daughter live with you if you're so bad?" Beck asked, noting Lou has another daughter with mitochondrial disease. "If this is something that's really sick, why haven't they taken your other daughter?"
"And two others and a 93 year old mother-in-law," Lou added, throwing up his hands.
Lou said that since Justina was moved to a "psychiatric residential facility in Framingham, Massachusetts" roughly one month ago, she is not getting any of the care she needs.
"The first time we saw her ... it was 18 degrees out," he recalled. "We met her outside the DCF facility ... Her hair was soaking wet. She was shaking, scared. The next two weeks, either her hair was greasy as anything, along with the gum lines, along with you name it..."
"Remember, she's in a wheelchair," he added. "No strength below the hips, minimal strength above the hips, and ... she's getting no to minimal assistance. They are not [a medical facility]. They don't want to deal with this."
After his wife filed a complaint, Lou added, Justina's hair was "blow dried," but the girl said "under her breath" that the staff was "not happy" they had been asked to do it.
Lou said the authorities now want to move Justina to a farm called the "Shared Living Collaborative" on the New Hampshire border of Massachusetts.
"America, listen to me," Beck said, his voice fraught with emotion. "Hear me carefully. This is not about his daughter. If you don't treat his daughter like your daughter, we're all toast."
Beck said "they would've had to put [him] in handcuffs" if the same thing happened to him, and that the Pelletier family should bring Boston Children's and the state of Massachusetts "to its knees" if Justina is returned to their custody and she is determined to have mitochondrial disease at the end of all this.
But Beck said he fears the issue is being swept under the rug, since that would be the most convenient solution for the state.
"If the problem just 'goes away,' whether it be it to a farm, where nobody thinks about it anymore, or God forbid, she just wastes away and dies, then we're past this and we don't ever have to admit anything," Beck said. "And I think that's what's happening. And that can't happen."
He urged listeners to go to www.freejustina.com if they wish to help the family financially.
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