Justina Pelletier is being moved to a new medical facility in Connecticut. The teenager’s family is brokenhearted that she is still unable to return home. The decision to move the 15-year-old comes just one day after her parents were denied a visit with her at a Boston hospital on Mother’s Day.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Justina Pelletier has been withheld from her family since child services took custody of the girl. The parents disagreed with the doctor’s diagnosis when taking her in for emergency care for what appeared to be symptoms of the flu. Justina’s parents are currently permitted to visit her just once per week for a single hour and can make just two phone calls during that same time period. The Connecticut teenager was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease several years ago. The condition is a genetic disorder that often causes weakness and the loss of muscle coordination. But she lived a normal life, according to her family.
During an interview with Fox News, Justina’s father, Lou Pelletier said:
“She needs medical and physical therapy, which she hasn’t been getting. This is just a lateral move.”
The Connecticut medical facility Justina has been transported to is about 15 minutes closer to the family home than where she was being held before. Although the decision to move the teenager brings her at least slightly closer to her distraught family, the Pelletier clan does not believe the decision to transport their loved one is a “step toward regaining custody.” The family has referred to the forced separation of Justina from her family as “barbaric.”
After being admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital in 2013, Justina was set to be examined by her specialist. Before the anticipated doctor could see Justina, a different team of doctors arrived and questioned the original diagnosis and declared an entirely different condition was impacting the young woman.
Linda Pelletier, the teenager’s mother, said that the new crew of doctors informed them that Justina had somatoform disorder. If the mother’s statements are accurate, Boston Children’s Hospital staffers immediately called the state’s Department of Children and Family, and the state refused to let the parents leave with their child. Somatoform disorder is a mental illness, not a physical one.
Last week Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz announced that moving Justina to the Connecticut medical facility was the first part of a multi-step process which would ultimately result in the teenager being reunited with her family. A judge assigned to the case will make the final decision on the young woman’s custody.
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