Saturday, May 31, 2003

Boy's family drops alternative method to treat leukemia

The Associated Press

CANTON, Ohio - A couple who won court approval to treat their son's leukemia with an unconventional method have put him back on chemotherapy after the blood cancer returned.

A Stark County judge in November gave Theresa and Greg Maxin the right to abandon 7-year-old Noah's chemotherapy regimen at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron.

Judge David Stucki ruled that the Canton Township parents were free to choose their son's care.

Four months later, Noah's leukemia came back. He has been undergoing treatment at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital since March.

The Maxins had faith that a healthful diet alone would keep Noah's leukemia from returning.

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