There is a story that has puzzled people across America, and that has been particularly troubling to families raising children with special needs.
In February of 2013, Justina Pelletier's parents took her to Boston Children's Hospital at the instruction of her specialist at Tufts Medical Center. Hoping to connect with a particular gastroenterologist who is a colleague of their regular specialist, the family was instead met with shocking conflict. Determining that the Pelletier's daughter has "somatic symptom disorder" rather than mitochondrial disease as originally diagnosed by Tufts, Children's Hospital petitioned the court for custody Justina on the grounds that her parents were guilty of "medical child abuse". Despite the fact that her specialists at Tufts stand by their diagnosis, this teenager has not been returned home since this fateful ER visit. Most recently, a Suffolk County Judge determined that Justina will remain in the custody of Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
The battle rages on.
"Lou Pelletier, who filed an appeal in the custody case last December, told ABCNews.com that he is now ready to file a writ of habeas corpus in Massachusetts Supreme Court for "wrongful imprisonment" of his daughter."