Is the Justina Pelletier Case Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy?

The Proxy Project

Over the last year and half, a case has been running through the courts and the media about teenage patient Justina Pelletier, who was inpatient at Tufts University Hospital in Boston for mitochondrial disease (rare and severe), then was transferred to Boston Children’s because her GI doc had transferred there and she needed to see him. Tufts and Boston Children’s are just a few miles from each other, so this makes sense.

But something weird happened in the transfer. When Justina got to Children’s, they kidnapped her and locked her in the psych unit! They stopped her treatment for mitochondrial disease, and though they didn’t use the actual term Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP), they accused the parents of medical abuse! Child Protective Services got involved, and completely blocked the family from Justina. They went on the news pleading tearfully. It was all the family could do to get…

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