Father Breaks Judge's Gag Order as Daughter Remains in State Custody
A Connecticut father is speaking out despite a gag order because he says his daughter, who is in state custody, is “at her breaking point.”
Justina Pelletier, 15, was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease by doctors at Tufts Medical Center in Boston a few years ago. She was under the care of top mitochondrial doctors at the time. Her older sister suffers from the disease as well.
Then, on Feb.10, Justina’s parents took her to Boston Children’s Hospital because she had the flu, and her doctor had just transferred there from Tufts. At Boston Children’s Hospital, a different set of doctors diagnosed her with somatoform disorder, a psychological condition, and said that her symptoms were all in her head. The hospital then accused her parents of medical abuse.
The state quickly stepped in and awarded custody of Justina to the state, and a judge ordered the Pelletier family not to discuss the case.
Justina’s father Lou Pelletier joined Megyn Kelly tonight to discuss the family's experience.
“The bottom line is my daughter’s life is now at stake,” Lou Pelletier said when asked why he is speaking out now against the judge’s orders. “She has been tortured physically and mentally, all her medical situations have been totally ignored … She’s at her breaking point, and we can’t stand by anymore and allow this to happen.”
The state of Massachusetts allows Justina’s parents one hour of visitation and one 20-minute phone call per week. The visits are supervised and limited in conversation. Pelletier said that he and his wife aren’t getting any updates on her condition, either.
Pelletier told Kelly that Boston Children’s Hospital came up with the diagnosis within 12 hours and without speaking to her original doctors or viewing her medical records, although somatoform disease normally takes much longer to diagnose. He said that her previous doctors have argued that she does have mitochondrial disease.
Watch Part 1 of Pelletier’s interview above. Watch Part 2 below.