Florida Judge Places Boy Battling Cancer with Grandparents

Florida Judge Places Boy Battling Cancer with Grandparents May 3, 2019
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A Florida couple will not regain custody of their 3-year-old son battling leukemia. A judge in Hillsborough County Florida placed the boy with his grandparents. The ruling is a blow to the parents who are fighting the state to treat their son’s leukemia with alternative medicine rather than chemotherapy.

During an emotional hearing with the court, Taylor Bland-Ball and Joshua McAdams shared their reasons for refusing treatment. The Tampa Bay Tribune reported that McAdams said the hospital staff were unprofessional, rude, and fed their son terrible food.

“The hospital’s governing body was disorganized and the doctors were not pleasant or professional to us. It seemed like doctors were disappearing on us and just passing down Noah’s information second hand

There was intimidation from social workers who looked at me like I was not interested in my son’s health because I didn’t want to give my son chocolate milk, or pudding, or ice cream. I care for my son, and it’s very important that we watch what he eats.”

During Bland-Ball’s testimony, she denied the couple fled to Kentucky without informing the hospital. She said they contacted the hospital multiple times about their son’s treatment. Additionally, she said she notified the hospital her son would not be attending any more appointments for chemotherapy.

After sharing the news with the hospital, she said the family left for Ohio to seek a second opinion. The couple would not disclose the name of the provider they planned to see out of state. However, they said they were treating their son’s leukemia with CBD oil, alkaline water, and fresh fruit.

Dr. Bijal D. Shah, head of the Moffitt Cancer Center’s acute lymphoblastic leukemia program told the Tampa Bay Times this week that alternative treatments do nothing for leukemia. In fact, he said the treatment for ALL is so effective that 90% of children diagnosed with the disease fully recover.

During the hearing, a social worker for child protective services said she left phone messages and Facebook message for the parents to notify them that they were under investigation. However, the parents denied receiving any messages from the worker.

The couple’s attorney told the court he had found a doctor willing to treat the child. He said the doctor could effectively treat cancer without chemotherapy. When attorney Michael Minardi spoke with the media, he noted that CBD and medical cannabis could “effectively cure” cancer according to studies from Israel.

Despite his claims, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) states that there is no evidence that CBD or THC can kill cancer cells. There is evidence the drug can improve appetite and decrease pain.

The NCI said there are no studies found in the National Institute of Health’s database that indicate that cannabis or cannabinoids can kill cancer. Interestingly, the organization only references small unpublished studies for cancer’s that cause tumors. There is no scientific data for blood and bone cancers like leukemia.

Additionally, NCI says the FDA does not approve CBD or marijuana for the treatment of cancer.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved Cannabis or cannabinoids for use as a cancer treatment.

Cannabis is not approved by the FDA for the treatment of any cancer-related symptom or side effect of cancer therapy.

Two cannabinoids (dronabinol and nabilone) are approved by the FDA for the treatment of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy in patients who have not responded to antiemetic therapy.”

Despite the mounting evidence that CBD does nothing, the couple’s attorney is positive that his doctor will convince the doctor to allow alternative treatments.

When the case concluded, the judge denied the couple’s request to return their son to them. Instead, she placed the boy with his maternal grandparents. The couple will have supervised visitation with their son. She will schedule a hearing next week to order the medical treatment for Noah.

Generally, the court will not order medical treatment that is not backed by evidence. In another case in New York, a judge denied Candace Gundersen’s request to use a Florida doctor to treat her son’s leukemia. After months of fighting in the New York court, Gundersen lost custody of her son.

Interestingly, the doctor that Gundersen wanted to use is the same practitioner that Taylor Bland-Ball and Joshua McAdams plan to use for Noah. The doctor is not an oncologist and uses unregulated therapies to “cure” cancer.

After the ruling, Bland-Ball told the media she planned to fight for Noah. She admitted she was not happy with the verdict. However, she seemed pleased the court would allow her supervised visitation with the son.

Later in the day, Bland-Ball updated her Facebook to announce the verdict. She shared that they planned to see the doctor within the next few days. The mother seems hopeful that the doctor will convince the judge to transfer Noah’s care to him.

For now, Noah’s life hangs in the balance as the parent’s waste precious time fighting to treat his leukemia with worthless treatments. Hopefully, the judge will rule that chemotherapy must begin. Noah’s next chemotherapy is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7.

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  • Tawreos

    I hope the judge makes the woo doctor testify in court.

  • Friend

    I’m afraid that might only work if there was expert testimony to discredit the woo guy. If nobody presents legitimate medical information, the court might end up recognizing the quack science.

  • Friend

    The mom’s proposed “treatment” includes chemicals associated with the munchies. Could this POSSIBLY be connected to her whine that “There was intimidation from social workers who looked at me like I was not interested in my son’s health because I didn’t want to give my son chocolate milk, or pudding, or ice cream.”

    Chemo can cause nausea, vomiting, and poor appetite. My wild guess is that the Ebil Socialist Workers have seen a sick kid eat ice cream.

  • The Bofa on the Sofa

    However, she seemed pleased the court would allow her supervised visitation with the son.

    I’ve mentioned before, family courts do everything they can to give the parents the opportunity to be with their children. I’ve seen judges give druggie parents supervised visitation as long as they are not under the influence (and not meth users – there is a hard line at meth). Especially when it comes to older children, the court wants them to be with their parents if they can.

    They will not let parents actively harm the child, however, and that is what the parents here are trying to do with their failure to provide care. At that point, the court has no choice but to put the child into the custody of someone who will provide care.

  • Friend

    So… maternal grandparents? I hope they have the strength and resolve to cooperate with the court, resist their daughter’s highly public unhinged mendacity, and get their grandson the legitimate treatment he deserves. They have my compassion.

  • Katie Joy

    so many people keep bringing up munchausen – I just don’t see it

  • persephone

    As a parent, the idea of watching my child be sick and miserable for days and weeks from chemotherapy would be really, really hard to endure. I can understand parents wanting something easier for the child. But running away and buying into this garbage is definitely not something I would do. I’d rather have a child who’s sick and miserable for a while and doesn’t die, than a child happy in the short term and dead.

    I’m heartily sick to death of the “pot can cure everything” acolytes. I had to mute so many words on twitter, because they will pop up every time someone talks about long term illnesses, chronic pain, immune disorders, cancer, etc. and preach about all the wonders of pot. Even when the person says they’re allergic, the acolytes will proclaim that other people NEED TO KNOW HOW WONDERFUL WEED IS FOR EVERYTHING.

  • Friend

    That reminds me of an interview I read with a creative writing teacher. His/her (so long ago I can’t remember) instructions to students: They could write about any subject at all except Jesus, death, and marijuana. And every semester, students complained.

  • WallofSleep

    I like to partake occasionally, and I do find it works for me as a cure for insomnia, as well as doing a better job than opioids (I have a natural resistance) for pain relief. FOR ME. It’s not gonna work for everyone, and it’s not a cure-all for everything. Hehe, and it’s because of people like you describe that I tend to smoke alone, and not tell many people I partake.

  • Durianrider Vegano

    Katie Joy is it true your boyfriend is a convicted pedophile? I read it on the internet and would like you to confirm please. If it is true I don’t think you should be posting images of peoples children in my opinion. Please respond.

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  • The Bofa on the Sofa

    Presumably they have agreed to get the child the proper medical care, or the judge would have never allowed it.

    There is no reason to assume that the grandparents agree with their daughter. Also, it’s not like DCS won’t be monitoring every step of the way.

    If there is reason to believe the grandparents are suitable, that is the best option for the child, and courts look that way if they can.

  • Jim Jones

    If there was no chance that medical care could help their child, their response might be OK. If cure rates for medicine are 90%, there’s no argument: medicine wins. Anything else is insanity.

  • Tiny but fierce

    I loved this, except for one sentence lol. CBD does nothing (to fight cancer). It is actually very helpful for pain and anxiety. Sorry to be nitpicking…. But definitely a good read, I appreciate your writing.

    One thing I read elsewhere on this, on the list of “treatments” was also apricot pits. Severely dangerous!

  • argyranthemum

    They’ve known since the 70s that apricot pits don’t cure cancer, plus — cyanide!