Hearing Concludes with Positive Results for Justina Pelletier


by Maureen Mullins

Finally some good news for Justina Pelletier, the teen from Connecticut who has been the center of a nightmarish custody battle between her parents and the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families. They had been called in to assert authority last year by Boston’s Children’s Hospital when Lou and Linda Pelletier objected to the change of diagnosis and lack of continuing medical care necessary to Justina’s health. For over a year, Justina has been incarcerated in the psychiatric ward at BCH because doctors there decided the physical symptoms she has suffered most of her life were not due to previously diagnosed and treated Mitochondrial disease but were rather caused by somatoform disorder, a mental disorder. Justina’s father violated a gag order imposed upon him by a judge last November to describe in horrific detail some of the officious and cruel actions taken by medical personnel in order to “cure” her of the physical manifestations that her “exaggerated belief” that she had Mitochondrial disease brought upon her body, including humiliating her and causing her extreme physical discomfort as a means of behavior modification.

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