New York: Mother Loses Custody of Her Son with Leukemia for Refusing Chemotherapy After He Was Given Clean Bill of Health

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Candace Gundersen, who’s a holistic wellness coach, is fighting to have her 13-year old son removed from chemotherapy treatment for acute leukemia after he was given a clean bill of health by doctors.  Gunderson was told when her son was diagnosed that if she refused chemotherapy treatment for him, Child Protective Services (CPS) would have her removed and her son would receive treatment anyway, so she signed the consent forms.  The boy had a serious adverse reaction and she refused further outpatient treatments, as she planned to pursue alternative care for him, prompting a doctor to call CPS.  The boy was seized and will be forced to get treatments for three years, the standard for care, even though the cancer was declared gone. 

A mother on Long Island is fighting to have her son removed from chemotherapy treatment after he was given a clean bill of health by doctors.

Candace Gundersen’s son, Nick Gundersen, 13, is receiving court-ordered chemotherapy at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola. He’s now in the custody of Suffolk County Child Protective Services.

Gundersen of Huntington said Nick was diagnosed by doctors at Cohen Children’s Medical Center with acute leukemia in June 2018. Gundersen said she asked doctors if she could get a second opinion before Nick began chemotherapy on June 30th.

“They told me if I didn’t consent to the treatment they would call CPS and have me removed and my son would have the treatment anyway,” Gundersen said. “So I signed the consent.”

Gundersen, who’s a holistic wellness coach, said Nick was hospitalized for 30 days and suffered an adverse reaction to the chemotherapy.

“He lost over 20 percent of his body weight. He developed typhlitis, which is a life-threatening bowel infection, he had fluid in both his lungs, he was bedridden. He stopped breathing on numerous occasions, he was on oxygen,” she said.

He was discharged on July 24 and continued with outpatient appointments until August 29th. On August 29th, doctors tried to admit Nick but his mother refused. A doctor there called CPS. Cohen Children’s Medical Center did not return Eyewitness News’ request for comment.

On September 2, Gundersen said police officers and CPS showed up at her house at 3:30 a.m. and seized Nick and forced him to return to Cohen. On September 11th, Gundersen had Nick transferred to NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, where he continued with chemotherapy.

In mid-October, doctors at NYU Winthrop gave Nick a clean bill of health and said the cancer was gone, but informed the family that Nick would need three years of chemotherapy, which is considered the standard of care. Gundersen refused, opting for her son to have what she called non-toxic preventative treatments which keep the cancer in remission.
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