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More Unwanted Treatment – Cassandra C – Mature Minor Doctrine

Cassandra C. was diagnosed with “stage 3/4” Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  She is 17 years old.  She will die without treatment.

But Cassandra refused treatment.  Pursuant to their reporting duties, Cassandra’s treating clinicians notified Connecticut DCF.  For the past four weeks, Cassandra has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.  Cassandra’s mother, Jackie Fortin, explains on NBC.  

Does Cassandra have the right to refuse treatment?  The case has been briefed to the Connecticut Supreme Court.  Oral arguments are Thursday at noon.

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