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How can it be possible for child welfare officials to kidnap a child in order to force the 11-year-old boy to go through chemotherapy treatment (a second time) against his will? 

Kidnap, you ask? Well what else do you call it when a father goes to the hospital with his son for a routine appointment, to find himself shackled by security as his child is taken away from him by force?

This is a boy who has already undergone chemotherapy once and it almost killed him the first time. The boy told his father that he didn't want to die in a hospital while in pain. He preferred to die peacefully in his home with his father. What's more, the boy's doctors had said that he only had a 20% chance of surviving the chemotherapy treatments the second time around. 

Now, to make things even worse, the boy has now been separated from the only family he has left and is kept in the hospital like some kind of prisoner. Is this improving his quality of life? NO. He has a limited amount of time left to live, why not let him spend his last moments surrounded by those he loves, and not by strange machines and indifferent strangers?

This is beyond disgusting. Whatever happened to people's rights? The boy had gone through chemo once and it didn't work. His chances of surviving a second encounter are very poor. If I was in his place I would demand the same thing (staying at home with my loved ones). I took a series of thanatology courses (the study of death, grief and berevement) in university and there we stress the importance of a person’s quality of life. Prolonging a person’s life simply for the sake of stretching it out just a little bit longer while causing them increasing pain, should not be enforced in such a way that it forces an already dying person to experience hell-on-earth in the last remaining moments of his or her life.

Here's a link to the full article, please feel free to check it out.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/05/09/cas-chemotherapy.html

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