Dad loses Supreme Court battle to stop cancer doctors from giving his sick 11-year-old daughter chemotherapy to treat her leukemia
- A man wanted to treat his daughter’s leukemia with homeopathic therapies
- A Supreme Court judge heard the man did not want conventional treatment behandeling
- His estranged wife resisted his plan and wanted doctors to treat the girl
- Great Ormond Street Hospital has been told to begin treatment immediately
A man who objected to his ailing 11-year-old daughter receiving further conventional cancer treatments has lost a Supreme Court battle.
The man did not agree with a treatment plan from specialists.
He said he was concerned about side effects and wanted to explore homeopathic and natural therapies.
His estranged wife favored a conventional approach.
Supreme Court has convicted a man who wanted to treat his 11-year-old daughter’s leukemia with homeopathy instead of conventional therapies
A judge has ordered Great Ormond Street Hospital to treat the girl as soon as possible. Doctors claimed without chemotherapy and an antibody-based treatment that her
Now a judge has convicted him.
Justice Hayden said there is “no basis” for the man’s homeopathic option and that specialists can legally carry out conventional treatments.
The judge, who is based in London, heard the case during a closed virtual hearing in the Family Division of the High Court.
He said journalists can report the case, but the girl, who has leukemia, cannot be identified in media reports.
The bosses of the Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Foundation Trust are responsible for the girl’s care and had asked the judge to decide what steps would be in her best interest.
Specialists say she should continue to receive chemotherapy and antibody-based treatment.
But her father said he believed chemotherapy has weakened her immune system, and is concerned that the proposed conventional treatment has side effects.
He wanted to try homeopathic and natural therapies, including ozone therapy – which involves the administration of ozone gas.
“I’m not waiting for her to deteriorate and get worse,” he told the judge.
“Chemotherapy isn’t the only way.”
He added, “There are so many other therapies I hope to try — anything as long as it doesn’t really hit her.”
A specialist who treated the girl told the judge that the proposed treatments are the best option.
Doctors said they don’t know of any homeopathic options that would help.
Justice Hayden approved the Great Ormond Street plan and said doctors should begin treatments as soon as possible.
“If she doesn’t get treatment, her life expectancy is weeks,” he said.
“There is no basis for the father’s homeopathic option.”