What's a more frightening nightmare for a parent than their child's illness? It's losing custody of their child. In the US, parents risk losing custody of their children forever when they refuse unwanted treatments or even when they want a second opinion. This book written by a child survivor advocates parental rights in children's medical care.
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Parental Rights in Children’s Medical Care: When Doctors Ask Yes or No, Can Parents Say No?
What’s a more frightening nightmare for parents than their children’s illness? It is losing custody of their children. In the United States, parents risk losing custody of their children forever when they disagree with doctors' recommended treatments or even when they want a second opinion. The Werneckes in 2005, Corissa Mueller in 2002, Valerie Emerson in 1998, Tina Phifer in 1997, and a slew of other parents, said no to doctors and lost their children.
Shirley Cheng, a victim and survivor of this injustice, brings awareness to the public of this issue, informs parents of the legal consequences of dissent, and above all, seeks to put an end to this crime against humanity. Her mother Juliet Cheng had battled two horrifying custody cases only after refusing harmful treatments. The 1990 case made international headlines and gained support from celebrities, such as Katharine Hepburn and Taiwan's former first lady Soong May-ling.
Cheng’s advocacy book poses these important questions, among others:
• Do Doctors Really Know best?
• Why do doctors ask yes or no when parents must say yes?
• Why are parents guilty until proven innocent?
• State vs. parents—who loves children the most?
• Does the state prosecute parents justly?
• Who is responsible for children’s accidents?
• Knowledge vs. love—which is more important in children’s care?
Cheng’s book includes a few of the recent custody cases in America, as well as excerpts from her autobiography The Revelation of a Star’s Endless Shine (with foreword by New York Times best seller Cynthia Brian), wherein readers will find themselves experiencing the horror Cheng and her mother had to endure.
Parents are already suffering when their children are ill; snatching away their flesh and blood at such times is cruel, ruthless, and heartless.
"(We) not only highly recommend this very effective and thorough account of the injustice in our medical system, we also applaud Shirley Cheng for yet another outstanding, inspirational and hard truth read!" -Dorothy Lafrinere from WomensSelfEsteem.com
“A noble writer and fighter for freedom… Readers will not be the same after reading Cheng's passionate words.”
–Christina Francine, Midwest Book Reviews
Dr. Shirley Cheng (b. 1983), a blind and physically disabled award-winning author with 27 book awards, Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honor) graduate with Doctor of Divinity, motivational speaker, self-empowerment expert, poet, author and contributor to 32 books, has had severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since infancy. Owing to years of hospitalization, she received no education until age 11. However, she mastered grade level in all areas after about 180 days of special education in elementary school and entered regular sixth grade in middle school. After a successful eye surgery, Shirley hopes to earn multiple science doctorates from Harvard University.