The parents of a boy in the middle of a legal battle over his treatment for leukemia were granted more visitation with their son. Taylor Bland and Joshua McAdams were in court yesterday to fight for additional time with their 3-year-old son, Noah McAdams after CPS removed him from their custody in May.
According to an update by Taylor Bland on Facebook, the court awarded more “liberal visitation” with her son. Before yesterday’s ruling, Taylor and Joshua were only permitted to see Noah two hours per week and limited to medical appointments.
Now the parents will be able to see their son more liberally at medical appointments, and the court awarded them two additional hours per week. Also, the mother stated that the court would also approve daily visits with Noah with court-approved third-party supervision.
When Noah turns four in July, Bland said the court approved a three-hour visit with him at a park. Bland noted that a court ordered a home-study which she believes will help the family bring home Noah “for good.”
However, the increased visitation with their son did not come without some restrictions. The parents cannot bring their son any unsealed food or beverages. Bland has been vocal about her desire to treat her son’s leukemia with alternative treatments like apricot seeds, supplements, and medical marijuana. The restriction by the court could be to prevent Bland or McAdams from slipping any medications into his food during their visits.
Despite the increased visitation, Noah remains in the custody of the state to continue treatment for leukemia. The parents are still fighting the county to stop doctors from treating Noah’s leukemia with chemotherapy. In May, the court ordered that Noah complete the first round of chemo.
A hearing scheduled in July will determine the next steps for the second and third phase of treatment for Noah. Earlier this month, Bland updated on Facebook that a second opinion obtained by another hospital recommended that Noah complete all three stages of treatment. The current standard of care for acute lymphoblastic leukemia includes three phases of chemotherapy and other therapies.Children that complete the three phases of treatment have a 96% chance of survival. Because there are no other approved treatments for ALL, the ruling in July will likely be that Noah finishes all three phases.
Noah’s treatment for ALL became international headlines after the parents fled with him to Kentucky to avoid chemotherapy. Bland and McAdams planned to treat their son with alternatives like colloidal silver, apricot seeds, medical marijuana, miracle mineral solution, and herbal supplements.
After the couple failed to bring Noah to a scheduled hospital appointment, the Hillsborough County Sherrif’s Office issued a missing and endangered child bulletin. Authorities found Noah with his parents at a hotel in Kentucky later the same day.
For now, Noah will have more access to his parents, but his treatment remains the same. Taylor Bland urged individuals to donate money to her GoFundMe to pay for legal expenses and medical bills. Her GoFundMe has raised more than $8,000.00 in the past two months.
This story is developing, stay tuned.
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