Hearing on Monday September 19th
Lewis called the hearing after visiting Katie Friday at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. (Katie is not receiving treatments now, but goes to school in the hospital. ) Judge Lewis said " Her treatment has not progressed. There is no evidence that there are any alternatives." "After having met with her, I believe that it is in the child's best interest to issue orders to limit and perhaps prohibit access to her parents," Lewis said. " I am convinced now that they are actively preventing the treatment from occuring through their contact with their daughter, and it's more pressure than a 13 year-old can bear." The Judge said to our attorneys: "Talk to your clients and encourage the parents to cooperate." Judge Lewis said he was placing the case on Docket Control to terminate the rights of the parents. (We would lose all of our four kids.)
Katie has been refusing the high-dose chemotherapy to treat her Hodgkin's disease, said her lawyer Linda Schauer, who added she doesn't think Katie will agree to the treatment even if she is cut off from contact with her parents. During his visit to Houston, Lewis said he encouraged Katie to receive the treatment. Lewis did not elaborae on Katie's response but said Katie wanted a guarantee that the treatment would be successful. Lewis said he told her that "when it comes to human life there is no guarantee." Lewis said he also met with the doctors of Katie.
Katie's mother, Michele, shed tears throughout the hearing. Edward was quite, but appeared to be praying at one time. The hearing was recessed after Lewis suddenly became ill and was not rescheduled as of late Monday.