Monday, July 11, 2011

Court orders mother to have child's hand amputated to save her life


A court ruled that a 13-year-old girl suffering from cancer must have her hand amputated – otherwise she will die. The ruling came after the girl's mother refused to authorize the operation, claiming the only treatment her daughter requires is fasting and prayer.

Three months ago, the Ministry of Social Affairs' legal adviser filed an urgent request with the Family Court, requesting permission to perform the urgent surgery.


  1. I did not know there ia Christian Science ion Israel. In the states similar issues happened with members of Christian Science.

  2. ConstitutionalistJuly 14, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Well, even if the "Xtn Scientists" were wrong (and I don't doubt they were) nevertheless they were IN the right. We pay experts (in money & in kavod) for their advice in order that they may help us determine what we would best opt to do, not in order that we grant them authority to tell us what we must do. No expert can tell you he knows what is going to happen, and if they're honest about their discipline & their own individual limitations, their ignorance, the lack of broad enough statistical samplings sufficiently specific to any particular case, etc. etc., they would hesitate greatly before making quick pronouncements as to what 'must' occur.

    What's more, to refuse treatment is NOT the same as taking one's own life, and it should be the prerogative of anyone.


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