They live on a farm and operate a produce stand near the village of Spencer in Medina County, about 35 miles southwest of Cleveland. But Sarah’s father has said that the family doesn’t oppose modern medicine and didn’t make their decision concerning Sarah’s treatment based on religious reasons. Thompson said the Hershbergers ended treatment because it was making her too sick and they feared it could end up killing her. Instead, they decided to treat Sarah with natural medicines, such as herbs and vitamins. Doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital believe Sarah’s leukemia is treatable, but have said she will die within a year without chemotherapy. The guardian, Maria Schimer, an attorney who’s also a registered nurse, was given the power to make medical decisions for Sarah after an appeals court ruling in October said the beliefs and convictions of the girl’s parents can’t outweigh the rights of the state to protect the child.
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Home school family raided by German police, children removed
At my slightest movement the agents would grab me, as if I were a terrorist. You would never expect anything like this to happen in our calm, peaceful village. It was like a scene out of a science fiction movie. Our neighbors and children have been traumatized by this invasion.” German authorities removed custody of the Wunderlich children last year, but they were allowed to stay with their parents since they were well treated. The family had returned to their homeland after short stays in France, Norway and Hungary. However, they returned to Germany after Dirk Wunderlich, a gardener, found it difficult to find work. While in France, German social workers contacted their French counterparts and the children were removed from the Wunderlich home for a short while.
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