PARENTS MEET WITH GOVERNOR RICK PERRY
The Governor was in Corpus Christi talking to educators about the school finance plan and new executive orders he implemented for the schools. Edward and Michele were there too hoping to get an opportunity to meet with the Governor afterwards. Aids to the Governor told them they could meet with Governor Perry for a few minutes right after the meeting.
Edward and Michele met privately with Governor Perry very briefly and explained their case to him. They explained their urgent need to have Katie returned home. They asked him to investigate the situation with CPS. The Governor seemed very receptive and said someone would be in contact with the Wernecke's.
Katie Wernecke is presently in a foster home in Houston, Texas. She is receiving treatments for her cancer at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. She has received 2 rounds of chemo treatments, a blood transfusion, and now they are collecting stem cells. A CAT and a PET scan will be done this week to evaluate the progress.
The issue in the CPS case was that Dr.Alter, her doctor, said she needed to receive radiation treatments immediately so CPS took her into custody and away from the parents. Edward said that "We just recently learned that Dr. Alter is certified as a Pediatic doctor. However, Dr. Alter is NOT board certified as a Pediatric Hematology/Oncologist. He held himself out to the court as an expert and he wasn't."
This was also supposed to be a life and death emergency situation, yet Katie received no treatments for 45 days. The doctor here said she need radiation treatments but now nearly 3 months later she hasn't received any such treatments. Currently, at M.D. Anderson she is receiving chemotherapy treatments. If the first doctors were right and she needed the radiation treatments why is she now receiving chemo? Could they have been wrong? Were the new doctors at M.D. Anderson wrong? Could it be there is no right answer? So if the treatment method was controversial and even the doctors did not agree on the best treatment for her, why not return her to her parents and let them make the decisions. Maybe the decision should have been left with the parents after all.
Edward Wernecke said CPS is not keeping them informed of Katie's treatments and consultations. He also said " M. D. Anderson has not provided the medical records and tissue samples of Katie so we could have independent doctors verify the diagnosis and treatments proposed. Edward said that "Katie's doctor at M.D. Anderson is Dr. Cesar Nunez." Dr. Cesar Nunez, holds only a Faculty Temporary License to practice in Pediatrics at the Training Institution of UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is not licensed to practice anywhere else in Texas and is certified in no specialty. Michele was very concerned and said "Where are the experts in Pediatric Oncology and in Hodgkin's disease that we were promised? "
Michele Wernecke said her daughter is under a tremendous amount of emotional distress. She has been moved 4 times and placed in 3 different foster homes since June 4th. "I get 3 to 4 calls a day from Katie and she is crying and emotionally upset" she said. "And the worse part is that I can't do anything about it" she added. Edward said "She has been so traumatized, depressed and stressed out from all the events and separation from her family lately. It has been too long a separation for any child suffering from cancer. How much longer will she be able to bear it? Please return her to our home."
Edward said "CPS has taken Katie out of her home environment and has caused this mental harm. Katie has been forced by CPS to give up everything important in her life now and has nothing left to look forward too." Michele said " A big part of the battle with cancer is not to give up hope and the will power to live." Katie said in her letter that she "needs the positive attitude, hope, and love of my family around me to get through this. Michele said, "I hope Governor Rick Perry can help return Katie to us before it is too late." Please call Governor Perry's office at 800-252-9600 and let them know how the public feels about this. We need all parents to support this, as it is a battle for parents rights to make the medical decisions for their children, yours and mine." Michele added, We are just a normal, christian, caring family, and we never thought this could happen to us. So this could happen to you and your family too.”
PRESS RELEASE BY EDWARD AND MICHELE WERNECKE
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