Liz Heywood is the daughter of Christian Scientist parents… and you already know where this story is going.
She had osteomyelitis, a treatable bone infection, but because her parents neglected her medical needs and resorted to prayer instead, she wasn’t able to get better. Her condition got worse over the next couple of decades, and she eventually had one of her legs amputated in 2007.
Now, Sean Faircloth, Director of Strategy and Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation, has a sit down interview with Heywood that’s as compelling as it is heartbreaking. There are graphic descriptions of what she had to go through — but it’s nothing compared to the vicious truth of what Christian Scientist parents like hers are still doing to their children:
As Sean says in the video, more than 35 states (he says 38 in the video) have laws giving “greater leeway” to parents who mistreat their children and deprive them of medical help in the name of their religion.