The Tiberias Family Court ordered a 14-year-old boy suffering from lymphatic leukemia to undergo chemotherapy even though he and his parents have refused to allow him to undergo additional cancer treatment at Haifa Medical Center.
The court said the boy had not received from his parents accurate information on his chances for recovery if he underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The success rate for blood cancers in children and teenagers is high, and the boy’s blood cancer receded. But the parents refused continuing treatment to keep the cancer in remission, saying their rabbi instructed them not to do so because he would recover without them. The parents told the court they were afraid their son would die from the therapy and that if the police came after them, they would take him to a hiding place. The boy said his previous treatments were very painful and that he preferred to “go home and die.”