Guardian Backs Ruling In Ohio Amish Chemo Case Involving 11-Year-Old Girl

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UPDATED: Thursday January 9, 2014 10:50 AM

A lawyer assigned to make medical decisions for an 11-year-old Amish girl who doesn't want to resume chemotherapy says a court shouldn't overturn a decision appointing her as guardian even though she wants off the case.

The guardian wants to stop trying to force Sarah Hershberger to undergo therapy because she can't reach the girl after she and her parents fled their farm in northeastern Ohio and went into hiding to avoid treatments.

But she also says in a filing this week that an Ohio appeals court was right to assign her as a guardian.

The lawyer for Hershberger's family is asking for a reversal of that decision.

The family decided this past summer to halt the cancer treatments because they feared the chemotherapy could end up killing the girl.

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