MEDINA, OH — A 10-year-old Amish girl and her family are reportedly missing after an Ohio appeals court ruled unanimously that the girl should receive potentially life-saving chemotherapy treatments, despite the objections of her parents.
According to attorney Clair Dickinson, Maria Schimer, who has the authority to make medical decisions for the young girl, has not had any contact with the girl or her parents since last month. There was a hearing before the court on October 9, but the family was not required to attend.
The family was believed to be missing after they did not appear for scheduled tests at the hospital. A taxi was sent to their home, but they were not there.
The young girl’s last round of treatment was in June. With treatment, doctors have said she has an 85% chance of survival. Without it, doctors say the cancer will kill her.
The attorneys representing the girl’s parents have filed an appeal to get the original court ruling overturned.