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First Nations girl chooses traditional medicine over chemo

Makayla Sault faces possible apprehension by Children's Aid, which family and First Nation vow to fight

By Connie Walker, CBC News

Makayla Sault is only 10 years old, but has already had to make life and death decisions.

She and her parents, Ken and Sonya Sault, have decided to forgo chemotherapy and instead use traditional medicine to fight leukemia.

“I am writing this letter to tell you that this chemo is killing my body and I cannot take it anymore,” she wrote to her doctors at the McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton.

Makayla was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in January. Her doctors told her family that she would have a 75 per cent chance of survival if she continued treatment. If not, they warned that her situation could become dire.

“They basically said she would have 100 per cent relapse and she would die if we discontinued chemotherapy. And that going the route of traditional medicine has zero per cent success rate,” said Sonya Sault.

Children’s Aid Society investigating

The hospital has referred Makayla’s case to the Children’s Aid Society, sparking fears that she may be apprehended and forced back into treatment.

“We just felt so scared that they could actually come in and remove our children from a home where we are loving them and caring for them and we want what’s best for them,” said Sonya Sault.

The Saults are from the New Credit First Nation near Caledonia, Ont. Their chief and council are supporting the family’s decision.

“We’re not going to allow any other agency to come in and apprehend our children. We went through that in the '40s and '50s and we’re not going to allow that again,” said Chief Bryan Laforme.

The Saults said their community has also created a group called the "Makayla defence force," a group of hundreds of community members ready to act if Children's Aid attempts to apprehend her.

“If someone does try to take Makayla away we are assured 100 per cent that people will be there to stop apprehension," said Sonya Sault. "People know the consequences and they’re willing to stand in and protect her at all costs.… If that’s what it comes down to, they need to be physical. We’re going to do what it takes to make sure that our daughter is protected.”

The Children’s Aid Society says it has a good working relationship with the New Credit First Nation and hopes to find a compromise. However, if a child is deemed to be in imminent danger, the society can act to remove a child.

“Obviously, we try to bring kids into care with the knowledge and consent of the chief and council. But there are situations when we are allowed to do what we need to do to save a child’s life.” said Andrew Koster, executive director of the Children’s Aid Society of Brant.

Decision made after spiritual encounter

During the 11 weeks of chemotherapy, Makayla experienced severe side-effects that landed her in the intensive care unit.

“It's a mother's worst nightmare.… I remember I would just watch her, and listening to her pray, ‘Oh, God. Come and get me, come and take me from here.’ She said, ‘Mom, [it’s] not the leukemia but it is the chemo that is going to kill me.'”

After Makayla said she had a spiritual encounter in her hospital room, she begged her parents not to make her return.

“I know that what I have can kill me but … Jesus came into my room and told me not to be afraid, so if I live or if I die, I am not afraid.”

The Saults won’t elaborate on the exact medicine Makayla is using but they feel it is already working.

“There are people in our community who have been on traditional medicines and are well today and are thriving. We know that our traditional medicines work. We know that our daughter is going to be OK.” says Sonya Sault.

The Children’s Aid Society is hoping to schedule a meeting with the family next week to discuss a possible compromise.

In 2008, a Hamilton boy was taken into care after he and his family refused chemotherapy for leukemia.  

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Such decisions are a family matter and after one has ensured everyone knows the facts, the government, doctors and agencies should bud out and mind their own business.
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There are amazing remedies that come from nature that are ignored due to the vast amount of monies that would be lost if a cure for cancer or other diseases were to be proven....the millions alternative choices have saved may just know the secrets...but Big Pharma does not care.
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Enter your name Friday, 16 May 2014
Has any so called "alternative choices" been proven to actually work? Please ask yourself if you were put in that position would you rely on "snake oil" or a known proven medicine that has been clinically studied and relied on for years. To for go treatment and put your child in danger is abuse!
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"Big Pharma" bases many of their remedies on nature, isolated extracts from plant sources and synthesised drugs based on the same. "Big Pharma" actually researches these treatments and has to subject them to trials, scrutiny and scientific rigor before they're allowed to make any money off of them. To imagine that there is some magic cure involved in chewing some leaves is unfathomably naive.
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The realistic truth to all this is that we'll all be back here in 6 months reading that poor girl's obituary. Whereas if she continued treatment there's a very good chance we wouldn't be. I know chemo is not great but its all we have and you have no right to theorize about what you think is right at the expense of a little girl's life. The risks are just to high.
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Chemo is not all we have! Back in the 60's they found that Vitamin B17 from apricot seeds cured cancer. Guess what the government did? They started radiating all the apricots that entered Canada! Cures don't get tax dollar into the pockets of officials and pharmaceutical companies! Check out www.ourfatherfarm.com
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Parents make decisions for 10 year old children.
Parents that "Decide" to end their child's life by doing something wrong must be changed with Murder or at the least "failure to provide the necessities of life". If you wrongly believe natural remedies can help you, do so to yourself.
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And what if they can and you are not wrong? They are not stupid. There is big money in conventional medecine and guess what if people don't die front it right away they die later on having a life of suffering. Beside I have seen traditional medecine work for cancer where they said there was no hope... You should get inform.
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Very well said!

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If stopping a proven lifesaving treatment and and the child survives, then they parents should not be changed (as no crime has been committed).... but there must be punishment if the child dies due to the Choice of the parents to not permit the "Proven" treatment.
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Enter your name Friday, 16 May 2014
That kids dead sooner than later
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I do believe that traditional medicine is a viable way of following through the personal aspects of a patient. I was about to take to the girls defense about mid way into the article when a few borders got crossed. 1- Her childhood form of cancer is curable at a 80 per cent rate and was regressing. So even though chemotherapy is not for everyone her results would be as perfect a match can get to prescribing a medicine that will cure her. 2- She saw Jesus....yup she saw jesus AND NOT ONLY THAT HE WILL CURE HER. This sick delusional girl saw jesus what a omen and .... a coincidence! that she is the daughter of a pastor. Whom by the way are having their church take advantage of this spectacle. 3- A christian fundamentalist Indian HiiSSSssss. My final verdict she and her parents all deserve a good spanking fpr talking crazy. It's not a miracle when a heavily preached to child mentions all the puke you spurt around them. They also deserve all the condescending remarks the doctor gave them...they need psychiatric help. Some ppl should not have children...this is a mild form of indoctrination and murder.
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You're and idiot!
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no your are :P why don't you debate this instead of throwing around insults
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Having a sick family member (expecially child) is exhausting. Having gone through it twice with mother and brother, theyre is a relief when the end comes and the suffering is over. Sounds like the patents just want the inevitable to come as soon as it can. They should be brought up on charges of when she dies
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Charges for what? Everyone has the right to refuse a painful sickening treatment that may not work! Put yourself in her shoes. Until them keep your mouth shut!
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why don't we let her hang herself with that too if she wishes...She is 11...with a 80 percent curable cancer....I think her parents regardless of their intentions needs a reality check or risk loosing custody...and I am saying this as an aboriginal. When a child is not being looked after properly and is lacking ressources they need to be placed with a loving family that will do just that.
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also as an aboriginal I very much know that girl can be placed with another aboriginal family that will better care for her.
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I feel for this child. So sad. Good for them for standing up to what they believe in! I will keep her in my prayers!
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Medicine is a pretty nebulous term. Science shows us what works and doesn't, and cancer is not something to be taken lightly in any form. I'd like to see the studies of these "traditional medicine" methods before condoning taking a 10 year old child out of life saving treatment programmes. The alternative is tantamount to murder of a child.
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Kudos to Jesus for educating himself on traditional native Canadian medicine. That guy's multidisciplinary.

In all seriousness, I really hope she pulls through regardless of route chosen.
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She will die.And it will be our fault......as usual.
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"The hospital (working on behalf of Big Pharma) has referred Makayla’s case to the Children’s Aid Society, sparking fears that she may be apprehended and forced back into treatment.
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And when she is next to death and they bring her to the hospital expecting an instant cure, and the doctors explain they can do nothing for her now, they will reinforce their own ignorance by accusing that same system of failing her.
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