Ore. diabetic refused insulin, civilly committed


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court's decision to commit a diabetic man with bipolar disorder to a mental health facility despite the man's insistence that God will protect him from the consequences of refusing to take his insulin.

The 23-year-old man identified as "C.C." was filing an appeal to his involuntary civil commitment.

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 14, C.C. began to tell family and friends in 2010 that he was hearing the voice of God in his mind.

He stopped taking his insulin soon after and his family noticed "explosive" behavior. He says he understood the risks of not taking insulin if he didn't have divine protection.

C.C. says he feared his parents' attempts to intervene were the work of the devil.

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