The need for communication   Leave a comment

Reuters released a story of a Salem, Massachusetts mother who was found guilty of attempted murder, permitting serious bodily injury to a disabled person, permitting substantial injury to a child and reckless endangerment of a child for withholding chemotherapy drugs from her son who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The defense painted the mother as a caring woman with limited financial resources who was just trying to do what she believed was best for her son while the defense argued she did not really attempt to see or regain custody of her son after he was turned over to the father.

This tragic story is a sobering reminder of the necessity for developing a clear communication channel with one’s physician. Perhaps if there were a clear communication channel between the mother and physician, the child could have been reevaluated to determine whether or not continuing chemotherapy was the best course of action. Furthermore, establishing these conversations could have provided her with stronger legal defense in the end. It’s sad to realize that there are sometimes legal consequences in addition to the emotional losses when loved ones fall sick. I tend to empathize with this woman because of my own past, though I must admit I don’t know all there is to the story.

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Posted April 17, 2011 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

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