Guardian appointed for Medina County Amish girl who ended chemotherapy

MEDINA, Ohio - A court in Ohio has given an attorney who's a registered nurse the power to make medical decisions for a 10-year-old Amish girl who decided with her parents to end chemotherapy treatments.

The move comes after an appeals court last week ordered that the attorney should take over limited guardianship for the girl and decide whether she should continue treatments for leukemia.

The girl's parents, who live in northeast Ohio's Medina County, stopped chemotherapy because they say the effects were terrible. They say they opted for "natural" medicines.

Doctors at Akron Children's Hospital say the girl will die without chemotherapy and went to court to restart the treatments.

The girl's parents weren't at Wednesday's hearing. Their attorney tells the Akron Beacon Journal they still oppose resuming chemotherapy.

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