The court rejected the request of the girl, identified as Cassandra C. because she does not want to reveal her last name, to make her own decisions regarding her medical care even though she won't turn 18 until September, reports CBS News.
According to the Associated Press, the case centered on whether the girl is mature enough to determine how to treat her Hodgkin lymphoma, with which she was diagnosed last September. Several other states recognize the mature minor doctrine.
CBS reports the family searched for alternative treatments but a judge ordered Cassandra to undergo chemotherapy. She ran away from home after two treatments, and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) placed place her in protective custody, according to CBS.
She is confined in a room at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, where she's being forced to undergo chemotherapy, which doctors said would give her an 85 percent chance of survival, reports the AP. Without it, they said, there was a near certainty of death within two years.
In a column in the Hartford Courant, Cassandra says the ordeal has been emotionally harrowing.
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