Friday, 28 March 2008

Girl dies after parents choose prayer over medicine

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Well, here's a fairly grim story. An 11-year-old girl from Wisconsin has died from a treatable form of diabetes because her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.

Associated Press report that Madeline Neumann died on Sunday from diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition which police say would have involved at least a month of symptoms like nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness.

However, she wasn't taken to see a doctor because, as the girl's aunt (who incidentally tried to get the family to seek medical advice) explained, her mother "believes in faith instead of doctors".

The girl's mother, Leilani Neumann, recalling the lead up to her daughter's death, told reporters: "We just noticed a tiredness within the past two weeks. And then just the day before and that day (she died), it suddenly just went to a more serious situation. We stayed fast in prayer then. We believed that she would recover. We saw signs that to us, it looked like she was recovering."

Police are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the girl's death, although this does not seem to be of concern to Mrs Neumann: "Our lives are in God's hands. We know we did not do anything criminal. We know we did the best for our daughter we knew how to do."