A judge in Tampa, Florida ruled that a three-year-old boy with leukemia must undergo chemotherapy. The ruling followed a nearly two week battle between the parents and the state over the treatment of Noah McAdams’ illness. Judge Caroline Tesche Arkin agreed with the county that denying the boy chemotherapy is child neglect.
In a stunning court ruling, the judge ruled that 3-year-old Noah McAdams’ must undergo the first round of chemotherapy for 28 days. Additionally, the judge is allowing the parents to use alternative treatments for their son including CBD oil.
During a press conference, attorney Michael Minardi shared the ruling. According to the attorney, Noah will undergo the first full round of chemotherapy. The treatment is expected to last 28-days. While doctors treat Noah with chemotherapy, his family is permitted to use alternative treatments like CBD.
“It is a mixed bag in that we obviously have to watch this child go through chemotherapy, but we know that, at least with the use of cannabis and other treatment that the child will hopefully be able to deal with the chemotherapy better than not having those alternative treatments available,” attorney Michael Minardi offered.
For nearly two weeks, Taylor Bland and Joshua McAdams have been fighting to stop their son from undergoing chemotherapy. The story made international headlines after the couple left Florida to avoid a court order to resume Noah’s chemotherapy.
On Monday, April 29, police in Kentucky located the couple at a hotel with their son. Through social media and press conferences, Taylor Bland has said they went to Kentucky to seek a second opinion. The parents objected to the use of chemotherapy due to the side effects.
In multiple posts on social media, the mother stated the family intended to treat Noah’s acute lymphoblastic leukemia with CBD, colloidal silver, grapefruit peels, and apricot seeds.
After a court hearing last week, attorney Michael Minardi seemed confident that Noah the judge would rule in the parents’ favor.
However, the judges in the case have hit the parents with two losses. Last week a judge issued temporary custody of Noah to his grandparents. Bland and McAdams’ can see him through approved visits by the county.
Earlier this week, the parents rallied in front of the hospital. The couple denounced the hospital for poor standards of care and held up signs that showed the side effects of chemotherapy.
During the hearing, the county argued that chemotherapy is necessary for Noah’s survival. Judge Arkin agreed with the county that denying Noah McAdams chemotherapy is child neglect.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia has a 90% survival rate with chemotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow transplants. The treatment is arduous and requires 2.5 years to complete. However, children that go through the full treatment have a high rate of survival.
The Food and Drug Administration does not approve medical marijuana for the treatment or cure of leukemia. Attorney Michael Minardi said in a press conference that studies completed in Isreal prove that CBD can cure cancer. When pressed by the media for citations, Minardi was unable to provide the details.
For now, Noah McAdams will survive for at least another month. He will get life-saving chemotherapy that will help him beat leukemia. Hopefully, a judge will rule for additional rounds after the first round is over.
Taylor Bland live streamed on Facebook. In her live stream, she vowed to keep fighting against chemotherapy. She reminded everyone that this is only for the “induction phase.” A judge will need to rule on the next phase of treatment once Noah finishes the first phase.
The parents did not regain custody of their son. He will remain with his grandmother until the court determines the parents’ rights. Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office is still investigating Bland and McAdams for child neglect charges.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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