A “lively” and “zany” teenage boy has been taken into care after his parents fabricated medical symptoms and subjected him to years of unnecessary medical treatment.
The 15 year-old boy who has been made the subject of an interim care order. ‘H’ has spent significant periods of his life in hospital receiving various kinds of treatment and been “heavily medicated on opiates” at times.
In April last year, his mother was arrested for allegedly tampering with his medical equipment and his father was later arrested on suspicion of doing the same thing on a separate occasion. Both were later released without charge but H was removed from their care. He currently lives in a residential unit under the control of Westminster City Council.
Mr Justice Hayden found that both parents had:
“…misreported and exaggerated H’s medical symptoms.”
By doing so they had caused him emotional harm by leading him to believe he was seriously ill, and she had also exposed him to the risk of physical harm, thanks to various unnecessary medical procedures. The mother had sent “extremely alarming emails” to professionals.
The Judge was unequivocal in his declaration that:
“The parents’ actions led to prolonged stays in hospital, the consequence of which was that H has been robbed of much of his childhood and teenage years.”
He found that both parents had indeed interfered with H’s medical equipment. He singled out the mother, saying her “bullying and bombastic behaviour” had been sufficient to intimidate medical professionals and undermine “their confidence in their own professional judgement.”
Read the latest ruling in the case here.
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