Candace Gundersen wants her son Nicholas to stop having chemotherapy treatment so she can focus on ‘non-toxic alternative therapy’
A mum claims her teenage son has been ‘kidnapped by the government’ after a judge rejected her plea to have his chemotherapy treatment withdrawn.
The family of Nicholas Gundersen, 13, filed an emergency petition to halt his daily treatment.
The teenager told reporters on Monday: “I don’t need chemo because I don’t have any more cancer in my body.
“It’s difficult because every time I get it (chemo), I always feel sick. And I don’t want to feel sick if I don’t have to feel sick.”
The teen’s cancer is said to be in remission, but his doctors at Winthrop Hospital in New York insist the boy needs 40 more months of chemotherapy, reports NBC4.
A spokesman for NYU Winthrop said previously: “Unless chemotherapy is continued, those [cancer] cells can once again multiply and the results are usually fatal.”
When Candace Gundersen, Nicholas’ mum, decided not to continue chemotherapy treatments for her son, instead seeking a second opinion from other doctors and planning to focus on a non-toxic alternative therapy for the teen, Suffolk County’s Child Protective Services seized custody of the boy.
That move blocked Candace from making any decisions about her son’s medical care.
She said: “It’s very disturbing to me that the government has basically kidnapped my child.”