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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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Attorney's Letter to CPS - Stop Unlawful Harassment

The following is a portion of a letter from our attorney James Pikl to CPS:

Ms. Kathleen Phillips
Managing Attorney
Child Protective Services
Corpus Christi, Texas

RE: Concerning: Katie Wernecke, MDA #651172 Current referral

Dear Ms. Phillips:

....As you may or may not know, the Werneckes were recently involved in a court preceeding that terminated on November 2, 2005. The Court issued a final order terminating the proceeding and returning Katie to the full care and custody of her parents. I am enclosing a copy of that court order. You might also speak to Thomas Stuckey in the Nueces County Attorney's office about what occured in that case, and he will tell you that his request that M.D. Anderson remain Katie's teating physicians, and that Katie be required to attend the appointments you reference in your letter, were expressly and adamantly denied by the Court. If he won't do so, let me know and I will send you a copy of the 11/2/05 hearing transcript. We thus have a court order "canceling" those appointments.

...In response to the allegations that Katie "missed" appointments at M.D. Anderson, you should know that this allegation is false. First, the court specifically ruled that the Werneckes need not attend those appointments (see above). Second, those appointments were verbally canceled by Dr. Wernecke in telephone calls to M.D. Anderson since Katie was under the care of new doctors, one of whom is a radiation oncologist. Any reports from M.D. Anderson after November 5, 2005 (the day Katie was finally returned to her parents) would necessarily be wholly uninformed, as that facility and its personnel could not possibly have any knowledge of her current medical condition, treatment, or prognosis.

We urge you to close the file on this referral immediately. There is no basis for it whatsover, and it simply constitues unlawful harassment. We have no idea why personnel at M.D. Anderson would be continuing to insinuate themselves into the affairs of this family, especially after the long court battle recently won by the Werneckes, but no further harassment will be tolerated.

Very truly yours,

James A. Pikl