Glenn has been talking about the plight of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier and her family for a number of weeks now. Justina has been kept in Boston Children’s Hospital against her parent’s will since February. The medical facility took custody of her when her parents argued against their daughter’s diagnosis.
Justina was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease a few years ago and was able to live a normal life. In February, she got the flu and was taken to Boston Children’s Hospital to see a specialist. It was at that time the problems began.
A new team of doctors took over Pelletier’s case and immediately questioned her previous diagnosis. They re-diagnosed her with ‘somatoform disorder’ – a mental illness. Her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier, were not allowed to take their child out of the hospital and were instead escorted out by security. Within four days, they lost custody of Justina.
Now it appears as though Justina isn’t the only child who has received questionable care from the hospital. In an original report, TheBlaze has discovered:
There is a hospital consistently ranked among the top in the United States in various pediatric fields. It has been hailed as having the best physicians and is the teaching hospital for the No. 1 medical school in the country.
But this hospital — Boston Children’s Hospital — is now the target of national debate regarding practices that have resulted in children being taken away from parents. It’s being called the “dark side to Children’s.”
Not only is there the case of a Connecticut teen (Justina Pelletier) who has been held at Boston Children’s Hospital for 10 months after her parents lost custody of her over accusations of medical child abuse – something they vehemently oppose — but there are now a handful of other similar stories coming to light where parents were stripped of their ability to oversee their child’s care at Children’s.
With the assistance of a whistleblower, TheBlaze has compiled a comprehensive report detailing several cases in which Boston Children’s Hospital has made questionable treatment decisions in relation to mitochondrial disease.
Read TheBlaze’s full report HERE.
“I mean, you can't imagine. As my wife kept saying when we were talking about this story, how can that happen in America? You have to I guess suspend your disbelief that something like this just can't happen in America because it can, and it is happening in five cases now,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Something is radically wrong at that hospital.”
While Glenn has a lot of experience with children’s hospitals around the country because of his daughter Mary and has “supported children’s hospitals in every city” he has lived in, Glenn admitted he would not trust the care of his children to Boston Children’s Hospital.
“But I will tell you: If my child was sick, I would not bring them to Boston Children's Hospital. There is no way,” Glenn said. “With what I know at this point, there is no way I would admit my child to Boston Children's Hospital. There is something very wrong. “
To make matters worse, in the case of the Pelletier family, a gag order has been placed on the case, forbidding the family and the doctors involved from speaking out. That has made it all but impossible to raise awareness for this growing problem.
“They can't do any interviews. They can't talk about it. We can't reach out to them because they're under a gag order… That's wrong,” Glenn said emphatically. “I'm a parent… It goes against nature's laws. I really, truly believe it goes against nature's laws to tell a parent that they are no longer the parent and so they cannot speak out against what the State has done… That's my child… I have a right!”
“They are taking these children away and then telling the parents they have no right to speak out, or they'll go to jail,” he continued. “And the parents, they know if they speak out, they will never get their kids back. What would you do?”
Just as he did last week, Glenn asked the audience to visit Mitoaction.org to learn more about the Pelletier’s case and to learn more about how to get involved. He also asked that people to share TheBlaze’s latest report about other incidents involving Boston Children’s Hospital.
“Please read this story and pass it on to a friend… This is everybody's child, and I don't mean that in a progressive way. I mean: If you don't say something about this with somebody else's child, who's going to say something when it's your child? Please. I beg you,” Glenn concluded. “This family is being so wronged by the State, and there is no other Christmas gift that you could give. Get together with your whole family. If you only have $100 and you're thinking, ‘You know, what can I get for Christmas?’ Talk to your kids. Your older kids would be able to understand… It's obscene. Anything you can do to help. Go to Mitoaction.org.”