Kayla, 12, and Hannah Diegel, 10, both have been diagnosed with a rare form of genetic mitochondrial disorder, called congenital disorder of glycosylation, according to Health Impact News. Both also have gastroparesis, which is paralysis of the stomach muscles, and dysmotility of the colon. They have being fed through feeding tubes for some time, because their systems couldn’t process solid food adequately. With the feeding tubes, the sisters were able to gain weight and thrive.
In April of 2014, CPS of Arizona, under the direction of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, took the sisters away from their parents’ custody. Since that time, the doctors have removed the feeding tubes, which has resulted in Kayla losing 25 percent of her body weight. She now has less than three percent body fat. Hannah has lost 17 percent of her weight under the care of the doctors in Phoenix.
Conservative News and Views reports that events in the sisters’ case link to the case of Justina Pelletier, the young girl from Connecticut who was kidnapped by Boston Children’s Hospital. In both cases, the state has sought to terminate parental rights. As The Inquisitr reported in Justina’s case, when a child is a ward of the state, medical research may be conducted on the child. Parents have no ability to refuse their children being used as medical guinea pigs.
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