Parents win court battle to stop their son’s cancer treatment

In a move that is dividing many, a Perth judge has gone against doctors recommendations and allowed a young cancer

In a move that is dividing many, a Perth judge has gone against doctors recommendations and allowed a young cancer patient’s parents to stop treating him with chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Oshin Kiszko, 6, has a rare form of brain cancer and has been in and out of treatment for years. Earlier this year, his parents lost a court battle to stop treatment and put him in palliative care with the judge ruling they had to take him to hospital for intensive medical care.

His family had been fighting the case on the argument they didn’t want their son to become a “lab rat”.

Now though, the judge has ruled in their favour allowing them to stop treatment and place Oshin in palliative care.

Justice Richard O’Brien sided with the parents and said it was in the best interests of Oshin to not force him to undergo radiotherapy and more chemotherapy.

“This case is solely about Oshin Kiszko and how to determine what is in his best interests as a unique individual child in the specific circumstances which he now faces,” Justice O’Brien said.

The case has caught the attention of many and divided people all over the country.

Let’s talk: Should these parents be able to deprive their child of chemotherapy?

Some believe that a parent should be able to choose how they look after their children, while others say a child shouldn’t be deprived of care just because of their parents’ belief.

A similar argument has been raised over parents who don’t immunise their children and others who only use alternative medicine when their kids are sick.

What are your thoughts on this?

Should parents be able to care for their children however they see fit? Or should their be stricter rules about how children treated when they’re sick?

  1. Chris  

    After countless sessions and treatments, I think it’s time for this little boy to get the palliative care and be with his parents. Well done to this judge in making this decision. No this doesn’t mean parents decide if their child will live or die, but he has enough.

  2. AVB  

    Yes, Chris, I also agree, for this loved little boy’s sake. I do not agree for parents to put their own and society’s children at risk by refusing immunisation.

  3. Patricia  

    It is an individual case and if as the text says, this little boy has endured years of chemo and radiation therapy that makes him very ill without curing his cancer, then it’s time to stop this suffering. Palliative care is the kindest and effective treatment for him. Retired Palliative Care Nurse

  4. This little boy has gone through so much. The medical team has tried and failed. I have seen the horrible effect chemotherapy has on adults and it’s an awful process. The person feels sick all the time.
    His poor parents only want him to have the last part of his life to be as peaceful as they can make it and not have him feeling sick every minute of the day.
    My heart goes out to the entire family. The judge has ruled correctly.

  5. Dianne Evans  

    Sometimes the best interest of the child is too stop, poor child and parents it must be so bad without them bieng badgered by people.

  6. Kaye  

    I say thank god the judge ruled with kindness.I agree that palliative care is the kindest and most peaceful way.My heart goes out to the family.

  7. Children seem to have wisdom beyond their years when they are terminally ill! I haven’t seen any comments that relate to what this little boy wants, but had I been in the same place, I would have asked my son what he wanted. If this little boy has had years of treatment, he probably just wants to rest, and I am with the parents – if he wants to stop the treatment, let him go. Sometimes we can hang on for too long!

  8. Gregory  

    I don’t agree that a 6yo child, sick or not, can make an informed decision on his future life.
    I saw the mother interviewed on tv. She seemed a very ‘strange’ person, to put it politely.
    She was off ‘in her own world’, to be sure.
    Each time she spoke after a question was asked, she actually evaded answering the question. There’s just something ‘not right’ about this case.

    I’ve my opinion on what they’re doing, & I’m amazed a judge gave this result.

  9. Margaret  

    The current cancer treatment is often horrific. Despite all the fund raising support breast cancer receives the treatment is still modified mustard gas which was used to kill and maim our troops in the First World War 100 years ago.
    Croatia have been treating its cancer afflicted population using modern immunology.
    They take an individual’s cancer cell specimen, use their knowledge to create a special antigen to attach itself to the walls of the cancer cells. This makes all the cancer cells now ‘visible’ to the person’s immune system which then systematically destroys every cancer cell in the body. They have international FDA approval for their melanoma version and will finally gain approval for the rest of the myriad different cancer cells.
    Meanwhile Australia still in the grips of the international drug companies continues to destroy people’s immune systems, wreck their health and create a lucrative group of really sick people who consume even more of their dodgy medicines. We can’t have people well can we? No profit in that!

    • What rubbish. Of course this is being done in Australia as well. Unfortunately there are very few types of Cancer that this can be done for as yet. Also, the one type of treatment does not fix everyone, so there are always going to be people with recalcitrant disease who will take any treatment rather than give in. In the ’90’s it was Blood Stem Cell Transplants. I saw some fantastic results in others, but it did not work for my son.

  10. Pingback: Tips On How To Steer Away From Cancer | turkeyfile99theressa's blog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *