Court Rules Amish Girl Can Get Chemotherapy

Ohio court ruled that Sarah Hershberger's hospital can overrule her parents' decision to stop chemo.
1:59 | 10/09/13

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The story, now, of the little girl battling leukemia. And the fight over just how to treat her. An appeals court ruling her hospital can force the 10-year-old to get life-saving chemotherapy against her amish parents' wishes. They will be back in court this morning. Alex perez has the story. Reporter: This morning, a battle of modern medicine versus amish values is back in court. A 10-year-old sara hershberger's parents took her off chemotherapy in june. Choosing to treat her leukemia with herbal remedies instead. And the hearing will give an attorney temporary custody of the girl, so she can resume chemo, a move her family opposes. Hershberger's father spoke to us by phone in washington. Our belief is, the natural stuff will do just as much as what that does. If it's god's will. Reporter: But the court ruled ON OCTOBER 1st, THE CHILD'S Parents' beliefs can't outweigh the state's right to protect the girl. While we respect the wishes of the parents and believe them to be honest and sincere, we're unwilling to adhere to the wishes of the parents. The hershbergers' daughter had been in chemotherapy for months. But her father abruptly stopped the treatment. If we did chemotherapy, and he would die, she would suffer more. Reporter: Doctors say without dreemt, the girl could die within a year. But with chemotherapy, she has an 85% chance of survival. Experts say the judge's decision to side with the hospital could set a legal precedent for how parents decide their children's medical care. When you're talking about life and death, and the real possibility that the treatment will save the child, then things can change. Reporter: For "good morning america," alex perez, abc news, chicago.

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