Isaiah Rider was interviewed by local Fox 4 in Kansas City when he returned from Chicago the first time. Now, he has been forced to return to Chicago against his will. Photo from Team Isaiah Facebook Page.

UPDATE: 12/15/2014

Michelle Rider’s statement on today’s ruling that keeps Isaiah in State Custody:

The ruling today without surprise has followed the course that it has for the past almost 9 months of complete hell my son and I have been forced to endure.

Despite it all, I continued to keep a glimmer of hope that justice would be served today even despite a broken system. As law abiding citizens, we would like to have faith in a fair and just judicial system, we would like to hope that when false accusations arise and children and lives are involved and at stake that it would be about justice and truth and that we have a system in place to protect children and families.

The truth and fact is, this system has evolved into something much different and quite the contrary. I have been shown in the court of law, if you advocate for your children and question doctors , you run the risk of losing your child. If you speak up and speak truth you run the risk of everyone working so hard to cover their own behinds that the child is the one who who ultimately suffers.

The truth is I have a very sick child who has been in the hospital almost 30 days. Not only is Isaiah experiencing pain and undiagnosed complications and being very heavily “drugged” he is experiencing trauma from the terrible things that happened to him while he was forced to live in foster care in Chicago.

The court doesn’t want to talk about that though. Isaiah’s voice has been silenced and my voice for him has been silenced not a gag order, but my voice for him no longer has any merit.

Everyone at Lurie’s hospital, IL DCFS and Cook County courts are so concerned with trying to cover up what they have done, they forgot to consider the unnecessary suffering they are causing an innocent young man who is and has already suffered from unfortunate bad health some from his own genetic condition and others caused by medical community.

Perhaps that statement is too fair, it is probably more like Isaiah has said” I don’t really think they even care.”

I will continue to speak truth because I realize that this problem is much bigger than just Isaiah. This is happening to many innocent children and families.

If it is wrong as a mother to advocate for her sick and chronically ill child, to request the best possible care for our children and that our children have an opportunity to have a second opinion then as a nation we are in big trouble. If we allow this to happen and accept it, then as a nation we are failing our children and allowing a failing and broken system to dictate “the best interest of our children. “

I knew that if I walked in there today and the judge ruled in anything but my favor than this decision was decided before the trial even began.

That’s exactly what took place today. In my heart I knew this was a mock trial. No justice was served today, only more harm.

I will leave you with a quote from a doctor who is currently treating Isaiah.

“Isaiah has been through more than most people could ever even imagine or will ever go through. It’s horrible the things that have happened to him, and unfortunately most of it is at the hands of doctors ”

I would like to add to that quote, also at the hands of the state of IL a state in which we don’t even live in and never have- Michelle

Source: Team Isaiah Facebook Page.

NBC Chicago covered the ruling.

Kansas City Fox 4 Also Reported.

CBS Chicago Report.

Brian Shilhavy
Health Impact News Editor

As we reported earlier this week, 17-year-old Isaiah Rider was forcibly removed from a hospital in Kansas City and taken by ambulance to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. While Isaiah was residing in his home town in Missouri, he was still a ward of the State of Illinois who took custody away from his mother earlier this year, allegedly due to the fact that his mother wanted a second opinion on his medical treatment.

Isaiah and his family claim that he was put into foster care and housed in a rough neighborhood in Chicago where he went through emotional trauma, fearing for his life while walking the streets in an area of Chicago he was not familiar with, and having a gun pulled on him twice. Isaiah also alleges that while in state custody in Chicago, he was drugged against his will. The State of Illinois eventually allowed him to return to Kansas City and stay with his grandparents, while his mother had to continue to fight legal battles in court in Chicago to get custody back.

Understandably, Isaiah had no desire to return to Chicago, and neither did his family. So when his guardian ad litem, Kim Boone, allegedly told him he needed to return to Chicago for medical treatment, Isaiah resisted. He was in a hospital in Kansas City and continued to be in pain, allegedly because the doctors there could not treat his pain due to restrictions from a medical team in Chicago and his custody being retained in Illinois. The night before Isaiah was to be transported back to Chicago against his will, he recorded this video:

Forced to Return to Chicago, and Denied Civil Rights

On the morning of December 6th, armed security guards allegedly forced him to get into the ambulance and make the 8 hour trip back to Chicago. The security guards allegedly stood guard around his room all night, preventing him from leaving the hospital. Hospital personnel also allegedly forced him to take a large dose of Valium to make him more compliant.  His grandparents were also allegedly threatened not to intervene, or they would lose custody of Isaiah. There was apparently no way to escape.

Once Isaiah reached Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, reports from family members and advocates say he had a security bracelet attached to his body to prevent him from walking out of the hospital, and he was denied visitation rights from anyone except his grandmother (who has legal custody at this time). He was allegedly not even allowed to call a local pastor. Many people have been outraged at these actions, and pointed out that even prisoners on death row have more rights than Isaiah at this point.

As local media began to pick up the story, Attorney Scott Miller from the National Center for Life & Liberty offered to take on Isaiah’s case. Isaiah agreed, and paperwork was reportedly filed with the juvenile court in Chicago to have Miller represent Isaiah. But the court reportedly denied Miller’s petition to represent Isaiah, according to statements made by Attorney Miller to Health Impact News.

Michelle Rider, Isaiah’s mother, continues to battle it out in court in Chicago to get custody of her son back, so they can return home. But as we have reported here on in the past, once the state takes custody of a minor, very seldom do parents win custody back. (See: Medical Kidnapping Business: Judges Skirting the Law for Federal Funds.) In addition, it is believed that the Lurie Children’s Hospital and the University of Chicago have received funding for drug research related to Isaiah’s rare medical condition.

Protest Rally Scheduled Monday December 15th in Chicago

Therefore, advocates and family members are urging the public and the media to a rally for Isaiah in front of the Chicago Juvenile Courthouse on Monday, December 15th, which is when Michelle has her next hearing. People are requested to make signs with text such as, “Let Isaiah Go Home!”

Isaiah Rally meme

Advocates and family members are calling on the public and the media to expose what they see as a very clear violation of Isaiah’s civil rights by attending this protest rally on December 15th. Michelle and Isaiah are also reportedly members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, which is reportedly considering attending the protest rally and getting involved in the case.

Receive updates at the Team Isaiah Facebook Page. More on the background of Isaiah Rider’s story.