The doctor-bully epidemic is affecting both nurses and patients. In hospitals across the United States, some physicians are berating nurses, hurling profanities and even physically threatening or assaulting them. In hospitals in Maryland and Virginia, it was reported that doctors threw surgical equipment at their assistant nurses.(1)
Research shows that the doctor-patient relationship continues to be an essential part of care, a medium where data is gathered, diagnosis are made, and ultimately healing for the patient occurs.(2)
It is fair to say that Sarah Hershberger and her family felt bullied by their doctor and did not get the ability to develop a healthy doctor patient relationship. In September 2013, 10 year old Amish girl, Sarah Hershberger fled from the United States to avoid hospital demands and court orders to undergo two years of experimental chemotherapy. The court order went against both Sarah and her parent’s wishes, and even against the advice from some health experts.(3)
Ten year old Amish girl, Sarah Hershberger, and her family fled the country to avoid court orders to undergo two years of experimental chemotherapy!
Sarah had received natural treatments at home and then left the United states for further treatments. She is now 100 percent free of leukemia, and has a desire to return to the United States. Unfortunately, the family is fearful of being arrested or having Sarah taken away from them.(3)
They are currently seeking donations to help provide food, nutritional supplements, natural medicines and treatments so the leukemia does not return.(3)
Following natural treatments, Sarah has tested 100 percent free of leukemia and wants to return to the United States, but she and her family fear the consequences!
In an interview, Sarah’s grandfather, Isaac Keim, explained that the family fled the United States to avoid having their daughter receive drug trials of experimental chemotherapy drugs. The Ohio court had awarded custody of Sarah to the Akron Children’s Hospital attorney.(3)
Kim reported that the second round of chemotherapy was set to begin. A nurse sent Sarah home with the drugs, warning the parents that if any of the other children got a hold of them, those drugs could cause cancer. Her family reported that she was sick and could not get out of bed and refused to go through any further chemotherapy. The family strongly believed that the experimental drugs were killing Sarah.(3)
Sarah’s grandfather was told that Sarah would still be put on chemotherapy for “preventative” purposes!
The family met with the doctors for their next appointment and explained that they wanted to discontinue treatment, where they were then taken to a conference room and berated by medical staff. They were told that if Sarah did not comply with treatment that she would die within months. The family, working to compromise, explained that she is doing better off the drugs and offered to bring her to the hospital for continual checkups. The doctor and hospital refused. When Keim tried to share his own experience with cancer, he was told told to “Shut up” and reported that his own case was not related to Sarah’s.(3)
The parents were told that the doctor would take them to court for child abuse. Thankfully, the hospital eventually allowed Sarah’s parents to take her home, after they signed a form stating that a medical doctor would look over Sarah’s care. The family complied and found a doctor to help. The hospital then tried to involve Child Protective Services, but CPS refused to take the case. In rebuttal, the hospital filed a case against the parents in probate court. After three days of testimonies, the judge ruled that the parents were acting in the best interest of their daughter. The judge further reported that the hospital has no jurisdiction to remove the child from her family.(3)
The hospital was unable to stop and continued to go back and forth between CPS and the court trying to appeal the judge’s decision. Judge John Lohn reported “They live a simple life, but this does not mean they are simple minded.”(3)
Sarah’s parents were warned by their attorney that the hospital found a judge in probate court who was willing to side with the hospital. Following this news, the family made the decision to flee. The family now resides outside the United States and there is a subpoena issued for Sarah to be in court on November 6th.(3)
Sarah is now testing cancer free, but when Keim discussed this information with the doctor, the doctor reported that she would be put back on chemotherapy for “preventative purposes.”(3)
Keim has reached out to mainstream media, who refuse to interview them because they do not want to be photographed or filmed. (3)
Currently, Akron Children’s Hospital is not appreciating the uproar and backlash that has been created by alternative media and is now wanting to back out of their involvement with the family.(3)