Parents of Sick Teen Justina Pelletier, Accused of Verbally Abusing Hospital Staff, Lose Custody


Boston Children's Hospital has argued that Justina's symptoms are psychosomatic and laid out a treatment plan that the parents rejected. The hospital then filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, as required by law, because it suspected the parents of child abuse for subjecting their daughter to invasive medical treatments and denying her mental health therapy, according to numerous reports in the Boston Globe.

Boston Children's Hospital released this statement following the court ruling: "We understand that the nature of this case has prompted questions and sparked strong reactions. But our clinical team has always acted in the best interest of the patient's health and well-being, according to the high standards we follow for every patient placed in our care.

"This case was a complex matter, presenting an array of challenges and obstacles that we cannot discuss out of respect for our patient's privacy and legal confidentiality requirements. We have been unable to provide a full and accurate picture of the case. But we are confident the treatment plan developed for our patient was the best course given the issues surrounding her medical history, the evaluations and observations of her care teams prior to arriving at Boston Children's and after she was admitted here."

When asked whether Justina was receiving medical treatment for mitochondrial disease or if Korson was consulting on her treatment, spokesman Rob Graham said he could not comment because the hospital was "restricted" by HIPPA rules regarding patient privacy.

Tufts Medical Center sent this statement: "We have a group of clinicians who have agreed to be a part of Justina Pelletier's treatment plan. We will provide care as needed."

Hospital spokesman Jeremy Lechan also would not say whether or not Korson was part of that team.

The family previously told that Korson was supporting them "100 percent" in the court case.

Justina is now living at Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, a residential program in Framingham, Mass.

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