FIght Finished Over Mary's Medicine

By: Nick LaFave
By: Nick LaFave

Mary was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis last year. A U of M specialist prescribed prednisone and methotrexate. Once Mary's parents learned of the potential side-effects of methotrexate, they consulted other doctors and took her off the drug.

The Department of Human Services was informed and obtained a court order forcing Mary into the hospital. On June 25, Mary was given a dosage of methotrexate, and three dosages of prednisone without her parents permission.

At a court hearing June 30, no one would admit to giving the order to administer those drugs.

A court order, dated June 24 gave the DHS authority to consent to interim medical treatment for the girl.

The family believes the Clinton County Court overstepped it's bounds by issuing both the order to send Mary to the hospital - because they say she was in no imminent danger... and the order giving DHS medical authority.

Both orders have now been dismissed. Mary is now under the supervision of another specialist from Kalamazoo.

Schneider family attorney Antoinette Frazho says the hospital staff acted appropriately, only administering drugs when they were under court order to do so.


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