TAMPA, FLORIDA — When acute lymphoblastic leukemia strikes in children, about 98 percent go into remission within weeks of starting chemotherapy. Additionally, about 90 percent of those children can ultimately be cured of the disease. But if 3-year-old Noah McAdams‘ parents had their way, they would have solely relied on unproven pseudoscientific methods for his treatment.
Thankfully, a Florida judge ruled this Wednesday that Noah must continue his chemotherapy treatment despite his parents’ wishes.
Taylor Bland and Joshua McAdams asked the court to allow them to treat Noah’s cancer with alternative methods, which according to WFLA, would have included medical cannabis, diet, and vitamin supplements.
According to the judge’s ruling, the parents can continue with their alternative therapies while the child undergoes chemotherapy, a ruling the parents say is “disappointing.”
“I feel like it’s definitely increased my fight, my strength and ultimately, my forgiveness, because having to look at these people who have no regards for my son is difficult,” Taylor Bland told WFLA.
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Joshua McAdams said that as a result of the ruling, his heart has “dropped.”
The toddler has already received two chemo treatments at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, according to family members. However, when Noah’s mother and father took him out of state last week, seeking a second opinion, they were stopped in [Kentucky] by law enforcement.
Shortly after, they lost custody of their son.
The parents hired an attorney and took their fight to court, hoping a judge would rule in their favor for a more natural approach to treating their young son’s cancer.
While Noah’s parents may be disappointed that a judge prevented them from treating their son’s cancer with alternative methods, they should actually be thankful that they were spared the eventual consequences of allowing their son to succumb to his cancer as a result of their neglect.
As the parents work to regain custody of Noah, he remains in the care of his grandparents. The parents will still be allowed to attend his treatments.
Watch WFLA’s report on the story below:
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