SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah officials have backed off trying to require a boy diagnosed with terminal cancer to undergo chemotherapy, though a juvenile court judge could still order the treatment. The state also is no longer seeking to take Parker Jensen, 12, from his parents, Daren and Barbara Jensen, who fled the state with their son. The Jensens have said they fear the treatment would stunt Parker's growth and leave him sterile.

Because of his parents' fierce resistance to chemotherapy - recommended by at least four doctors - Parker probably wouldn't benefit from the treatment because of his unreceptive psychological state, said Carol Sisco, a spokeswoman for the Division of Children and Family Services. The boy's court-appointed attorney in the custody dispute also relented. 

Daren Jensen said he is skeptical of the state's intentions and reiterated his desire to be in charge of his son's medical treatment, according to Tuesday editions of The Salt Lake Tribune. 'It is time for the parents to take control and move forward,' he said...

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Is this couple`s decision to not give their child chemotherapy child abuse?
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah officials have backed off trying to require a boy diagnosed with terminal cancer to undergo chemotherapy, though a juvenile court judge could still order the treatment. The state also is no longer seeking to take Parker Jensen, 12, from his parents, Daren and Barbara Jensen, who fled the state with their son. The Jensens have said they fear the treatment would stunt Parker`s growth and leave him sterile.

Because of his parents` fierce resistance to chemotherapy - recommended by at least four doctors - Parker probably wouldn`t benefit from the treatment because of his unreceptive psychological state, said Carol Sisco, a spokeswoman for the Division of Children and Family Services. The boy`s court-appointed attorney in the custody dispute also relented.

Daren Jensen said he is skeptical of the state`s intentions and reiterated his desire to be in charge of his son`s medical treatment, according to Tuesday editions of The Salt Lake Tribune. `It is time for the parents to take control and move forward,` he said...

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18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 10/11/03 - 7:40:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
you don't want a bald sick throwing up child, that's your problem...
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 10/11/03 - 8:08:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
"they fear the treatment would stunt Parker's growth and leave him sterile."

He won't be growing OR reproducing if he's dead.

18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 10/11/03 - 10:26:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
Exactly Sassy
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 10/11/03 - 10:49:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
That's horrible. They're more worried about stunting his growth, than actually keeping him alive.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/14/03 - 12:12:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
I actually saw this on the news. The whole story, which wasn't posted, is that some doctors have said he has cancer, others say he doesn't. The family was trying to get some more opinions before they decided whether or not to do chemo, so they wouldn't have to put him through it, if he didn't have cancer.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 10/26/03 - 1:01:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
it said that he had termnial cancer, so chemo would only make him sicker and bald. it shouldnt be his parents decision, but his.
18 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/30/03 - 9:03:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well, I would give my kid chemo-but I am controversial because I also believe in euthanasia-depending on the situation. Unfrotunately,law in this country makes you a ward of the parent/guardian until 18-so it's not like anyone could intervene with their wishes anyway-it's not like they are beating him in a department store parking lot...
18 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/30/03 - 9:46:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
From the article provided:
"In exchange for keeping Parker, the parents agreed to a new round of tests by an Idaho oncologist, Dr. Martin Johnston, and to abide by his treatment recommendation.

Johnston recommended an 11-month regimen of chemotherapy, but the Jensens maintain new tests do not show signs of cancer in Parker's body."

I think cancer has got to be a certainty before they put this child through the horrors of chemo.
If there's a possiblity that he does not have cancer, then he would be suffering through chemo treatments for nothing.

Yay to his mom and dad for looking out for his best interest!

18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/5/03 - 1:52:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
"I think cancer has got to be a certainty before they put this child through the horrors of chemo"

You said it, jessica!

I have been visiting in hospitals hearing the sounds of young children going through chemo in the next ward over.

Chemo is a nasty business, brutal even for adults to undergo. For children, who have much less of a grasp on understanding what is going on, it would be cruel to pursue if there is any doubt about the diagnosis or the outlook for cure.

In a very difficult situation his parents are doing the best they can, and whether or not we agree that their decision is wise, it can in no way be classified under the term child abuse.

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 12/29/03 - 6:10:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
this was a case that we've discussed in my law class, and yes the couple's decision to not give their child chemotherapy after the court has ordered it, and then leaving that state with the child into another state which the court decision does not matter, is counted as child abuse. i think that they should give him chemo... just to make his life better for that little part thats left for him.
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 1/25/04 - 6:11:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Probability decides. What is the probability that the tretment results in a productive life?
If the facts show a useful survival as a product of the treatment then it is ABUSE to deny it for whatever voodoo excuse.

The child speaks whatever language, salutes whatever flag and worships whatever stone he was TOLD to.

Whatever Success or Failure results is of the Parents doing.

18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 3/10/04 - 12:10:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hmmm, lets see. We have "stunted and sterile" or dead. Tough choice.
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 3/12/04 - 2:29:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
if you're gonna force someone to put their child on chemo .. ya better pay for it
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 3/12/04 - 2:36:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
if he's terminal, whats the point?
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 3/13/04 - 10:24:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
^^

Exactly my thoughts.

18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 3/14/04 - 12:05:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
jesus did anyone even think to ask the kid what he wanted???
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 3/15/04 - 10:35:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
^^

In the US, it makes no difference what the kid wants.

18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 3/29/04 - 12:58:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
I personally don't agree with the parents, but I would hardly consider it child abuse. Hardly! Now adays people want to consider spanking their children "child abuse". Ridiculious!!
18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 3/29/04 - 1:19:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
I hope b0ngh1t00 is joking

I third YoSassy's comment.

18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 3/29/04 - 1:28:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes it should. When I broke my arm, my mom was trying to get insurance to cover the costs. They wouldnt and she said "well I guess she wont get surgery to fix her arm." and they said that is considered child abuse/endangerment. If my broken arm not getting treated is child abuse, then why wouldnt this be.



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