Parents Lose Custody Of Teen Over Hospital Diagnosis

Connecticut teenager, Justina Pelletier, is at the center of a custody battle between the state of Massachusetts and her parents.

In 2013, the state of Massachusetts took charge of Pelletier when her parents and doctors at Children’s Hospital differed over her diagnosis and treatment.

Justina Pelletier

Pelletier’s parents alleged that she suffers from mitochondrial disease — a rare and controversial disorder where the body’s cells can’t produce energy, triggering chronic fatigue and severe digestive problems.

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