Blog | Monday, February 14, 2011

QD: News Every Day--Court orders injured teen to have surgery


An injured teen is recovering after court-ordered spinal surgery, after the boy's parents refused the operation amid concerns of potential paralysis from the surgery and in favor of the family's practice of herbal remedies and homeopathy.

The teen was recovering Friday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and is likely headed home for recuperation.

Doctors wanted to operate to prevent paralysis, after the boy bruised his spine after butting heads with another student in a wrestling match. The family refused, and Delaware County (Pennsylvania) Office of Children and Youth Services put him in protective custody and headed to court.

The teen's mother appeared on local television, showing video that she said showed the boy had a full range of motion and that she's concerned about surgical complications.