Pray for Katie

Katie is 13 years old and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, a lymphatic cancer. This site is a request to pray for her. Call her prayer pager 1-361-333-KATY (5289), enter your ZipCode and # key, to let her know you have prayed for her. Updates of her progress will be posted on the site. The Power of Prayer is Awesome.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Another Letter to Judge Carl Lewis:

Dear Judge Lewis:

I am writing to you request that you intervene to immediately stop the outrageous conduct Corpus Christi Child Protective Services, in respect to case of Katie Wernecke and her family.

We now know that this appalling situation is based on a charade of lies and disinformation propagated by Dr. Alter and CPS. They lied to the Werneckes and they lied to you. The fact that Katie is not under any form a radiation therapy is absolute vindication of the Wernecke’s original position questioning its necessity.

By all accounts, Katie is currently undergoing a complete emotional breakdown caused by the brutal and relentless actions of CPS. Do they really believe that forcing a child from her home at the point of a gun, and dragging her through four different foster homes, while undergoing a regime of chemotherapy with no consistent emotional support could produce anything else? It is obvious that they care nothing for this child. They know they have made a horrendous mistake, and only seem to be concerned as to how to cover this fiasco with more lies coupled with a desperate propaganda campaign against her parents.

It has long been recognized that constant emotional support is critical and indispensable for patients undergoing chemotherapy. In a recent study by Amgen virtually all patients (99 percent) thought their network of support was extremely or very important in helping them get through chemotherapy, and 95 percent said the support was instrumental in helping them get through the serious side effects of chemotherapy.

Studies indicate that cancer patients are at twice the relative risk of suicide than the general population.
A recent review of the psychiatric consultation data at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center showed that one-third of suicidal cancer patients had a major depression, about 20% suffered from a delirium, and 50% were diagnosed with an adjustment disorder with both anxious and depressed features at the time of evaluation.

Depression is a factor in 50% of all suicides. Those suffering from depression are at 25 times greater risk of suicide than the general population. The role depression plays in cancer suicide is equally significant. Loss of control and a sense of helplessness in the face of cancer are important factors in suicide vulnerability. Fatigue, in the form of exhaustion of physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, familial, communal, and other resources, was found to increases risk of suicide in the cancer patient
CPS has provided Katie with no emotional support whatsoever other than the “privilege” of limited visits by her parents under the burden of constant surveillance.

If Katie loses the will to live and dies as a result of their abominable actions, will CPS be held accountable?

In 2003, a similar situation occurred in Utah when CPS considered seizing 12-year-old Parker Jensen from his parents, and force chemotherapy on him. In a Memorandum to Dismiss. CPS cited the following reasons why the seizure and forced chemotherapy on a 13 year old child would not work: “it is still not feasible to force an unwilling and unsupported 13 year old boy to undergo 48 weeks of chemotherapy.” “Also, in addition to the feasibility difficulties, it would also be emotionally difficult or damaging to force separation and treatment on Parker. Additionally, placement in foster care presents its own problems and could not guarantee Parker’s cooperation or successful treatment. After receiving the above memorandum, the Judge involved in the case chose to meet personally with Parker to actually hear his opinion on the matter. After doing so he immediately dismissed the case. Parker Jensen is alive and well today and living in the loving care of his parents.

I am asking you to intervene in this situation, and have Katie immediately returned to her family before CPS has the opportunity to inflict any further damage on this incredibly vulnerable child.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely and respectfully yours,

J.T.