The Boston Globe and the West Hartford Patch are reporting that Justina Pelletier has finally left Boston Children's Hospital, where she was held captive against her desire, and the desire of her parents, for almost one year. She has not been returned to her parents, however. She has reportedly been transferred to the Wayside Youth and Family Support Network in Framingham, Massachusetts, and is still under the care of doctors at Boston's Children's hospital.
A judge ruled earlier this month (January 2014) that Boston Children's Hospital could not indefinitely detain Justina in their Children’s Bader 5 psychiatric unit, and reportedly ordered that a plan be put into place to transfer her back to Connecticut, which is where her home is and where her parents live. It is also where Tufts Medical Center is located, the facility originally treating Justina before Boston Children's Hospital had the Massachusetts Child Protection Agency seize custody of Justina due to a disagreement over her treatment.
Beau Berman, a local investigative reporter from Fox CT, has covered this story in depth. He gives background information regarding Justina's case, showing how Boston Children's Hospital has a history of seizing children from parents. Some of those children have even died.
Unless a local media source picks up the story, or it happens to someone you know, most Americans are totally unaware that this is happening quite frequently in the United States. Medical tyranny is sadly a reality today in the U.S., and if you disagree with a medical professional over the care of your child, you face losing custody of your child.
Justina's case is especially bizarre, because the parents were actually following a treatment plan for her that was recommended by doctors in their home town. Their only "crime" was to disagree with the doctors at Boston Children's Hospital and want to discharge her and take her back to her original doctors.
Boston Children's Hospital is part of the Harvard Medical School system, with strong ties to funding from the federal government. Boston Children's Hospital "is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric hospital. More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 on-staff members of the Institute of Medicine and 9 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute."
Could it be that Justina is part of a medical research trial?