CPS,represented by Tom Stuckey, assistant County Attorney, in court repeatedly blamed Edward for Katie's refusal to do the High Dose Chemo treatments and wanted to cut off all communication and visits with both parents. Edward had nothing to do with her refusal for treatment. Katie heard everything about the High Dose Chemo at the conference with the doctors and parents last Tuesday. Katie is very bright and makes up her own mind about things. CPS told us not to discuss the treatments with her and we haven't. This is Katie's decision. I was never so horrified at their requests. They wanted to take away her cell phone and shut off all communication and visits with Katie. Her cell phone is her last hope and contact with the outside world. CPS was also asking to strap her down and sedate her and to force these treatments on her. They are asking Katie to go through this High Dose Chemo and Stem Cell Transpant all alone. She would be in a hospital isolation ward for over 30 days. Ordinary prisoners go nuts after being put in an isolation cell for just a week. Tears streamed down my face as they debated this in front of Judge Lewis. Without the ability to communicate with us I knew Katie would just die. We both weren't allowed to say a word.
Daniel Horne, our attorney, arqued that the parents haven't had access to all the medical information and wanted a second opinion from another hospital such as Baylor, Texas Childrens, or John Hopkins. Daniel felt he could have this second opinion by Friday.
Fortunately cooler heads prevailed and the wisdom of Judge Lewis shown through. Judge Lewis said he also had a daughter and that he would speak to Katie over the telephone in private during a 15 minute recess. When he came back he said that he tried to persuade Katie to go on with the treatments. Judge Lewis indicated that Katie wanted her parents there with her and she could keep her cell phone. The Judge said he thought this was just a lack of trust of the doctors and not enough information. Judge Lewis indicated he would talk to Katie again.
It was ordered to get the second opinions and to meet back in court on Friday at 3pm.