Justina Pelletier is an active 15-year-old girl who was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease a few years ago. It’s a genetic disorder that can cause loss of muscle coordination and weakness. Last February she also got the flu and was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital to see her specialist.
A different team of doctors gave a different diagnosis, questioning the original diagnosis of mitochondrial disease. They said Justina had “somatoform disorder.”
In short, they were saying she suffered from a mental illness, not mitochondrial disease.
Her parents were escorted out of the hospital by security, and within four days, they lost custody of Justina.
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