MIRACLE: Amish girl ruled cancer free 2 yrs after she went into HIDING to avoid court-ordered chemo

MIRACLE: Amish girl ruled cancer free 2 yrs after she went into HIDING to avoid court-ordered chemo

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Sarah is second from the right, pictured with her dad and siblings.

We’ve all heard of Amish and other religions that refuse medical treatment for serious illnesses, sometimes tragically resulting in the death of those individuals. But medicine is an imprecise science, and sometimes, refusing the treatment works out for the best, as happened with 12-year old Sarah Hershberger.

The Daily Mail reports,

A judge formally ended the court-ordered guardianship of an Amish girl who resisted a hospital’s attempts to force her to resume chemotherapy, bringing a close to the fight that raised questions about the rights of parents in making medical decisions for their children.

The judge’s decision, announced Friday, came more than a year after Sarah Hershberger’s guardian gave up her efforts to force the girl into chemotherapy for leukemia.

Sarah and her parents went into hiding in the fall of 2013.

Sarah, who is now 12, no longer shows signs of being sick, said Kevin Dunn, a probate judge in Medina County.

Initially, Sarah had begun chemotherapy, but her parents thought it was killing her and took her off it, relying on herbs and vitamins and other natural medicines instead. They even sought alternative treatment in Mexico. Perhaps most interesting of all, they said they took her off the chemotherapy not because of their religious views, but because they could see it was not working. Let’s hope some day they reveal which natural treatments they used, so others might benefit as well.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2016.

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