மருந்துக்கு பதிலாக ஏசு என்ற யூத பழங்குடி தெய்வத்தை கும்பிடவைத்த பெற்றோர்களுக்கு தண்டனை கொடுக்கப்படவேண்டும் என்று ஓரிகான் மாநில டாக்டர் கூறியுள்ளார்.
ஒரு சிறுவனை டாக்டரிடம் கூட்டிச்சென்றால் சரியாகியிருக்கக்கூடிய நோய்க்கு மருந்துகொடுக்காமல், அந்த சிறுவனின் பெற்றோர் ஏசு என்ற யூத பழங்குடி மதத்து தெய்வம் சொன்னது என்று நம்பி முழங்கால் போட்டு அண்ணாந்து பார்த்து கெஞ்சிக்கொண்டிருந்ததால், அந்த சிறுவன் இறந்துவிட்டான்.
இப்படி மூடத்தனமாக இறந்ததற்கு அந்த சிறுவனின் பெற்றோரே காரணம் என்று அந்த சிறுவனின் பெற்றோருக்கு தண்டனை வழங்கப்படவேண்டும் என்று அமெரிக்க டாக்டர் கூறியுள்ளார்.
Doctor: Adults should face charges in teen's death
Dr. James Lace, a Salem pediatrician
Autopsy: Teen died from treatable condition
Story Published: Jun 19, 2008 at 7:11 PM PDT
Story Updated: Jun 20, 2008 at 9:57 AM PDT
By Bob Heye and KATU Web Staff Video SALEM, Ore. – A Salem pediatrician who helped draft an Oregon law to remove protections for faith healing said Thursday he believes criminal charges should be filed in a recent case involving the death of a 16-year-old from an easily treatable health condition.
Neil Beagley died Tuesday at his home in Gladstone from heart failure that resulted from a blockage in his urethra that prevented him from urinating. Officials said a catheter could have relieved the blockage.
But Beagley's Followers of Christ Church rejects modern medical care in favor of prayer – or "faith healing." And Beagley's family told investigators the teen refused treatment for the illness, as he was entitled to do under Oregon law, which allows minors 14 and older to make such a decision.
However, Dr. James Lace, the pediatrician who lobbied lawmakers to remove faith healing protections from the law in 1999, believes there was no way the teen made his own medical choices in the minutes or hours before his death.
Lace believes church members knew what they were doing as Beagley edged closer and closer to death.
"They did commit a crime by neglecting what I would call very simple medical intervention for that child," the doctor said.
Despite the law allowing teens over 14 some control over medical decisions, Lace said Beagley lost that ability hours – maybe even days – before he died.
"Not only do you get dopey, you just get very lethargic and very sleepy," he said about the teen's condition. "And so at the very end, you're going to be in a coma."
That means an adult had to be making medical decisions for Beagley, Lace said.
Oregon law says someone commits "criminal nonsupport" if someone "…being the parent, lawful guardian or other person lawfully charged with the support of a child under 18 years of age knowingly fails to provide support for such child."
Lace said that when you deprive a child of that ability, then you have broken the law.
Officials with the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office said they are waiting for police to finish reports on the case. That means it may be another week before they decide whether charges are warranted in the case or whether a grand jury should decide whether someone should face charges.