DISABLED LADY BORN WITH HOLE IN HER HEART WANTS HER PARENTS PROSECUTED DISABLED LADY BORN WITH HOLE IN HER HEART WANTS HER PARENTS PROSECUTED
A disabled 20-year-old Idaho woman who was born with a hole in her heart that was ignored by her faith-healing parents wants them prosecuted,... DISABLED LADY BORN WITH HOLE IN HER HEART WANTS HER PARENTS PROSECUTED

A disabled 20-year-old Idaho woman who was born with a hole in her heart that was

ignored by her faith-healing parents wants them prosecuted, but that may not ever happen.

Mariah Walton relies heavily on an oxygen tank and may have to undergo a dangerous heart and lung transplant, according to the Guardian.
These hardships could have been avoided if Mariah’s parents let doctors treat her when she was an infant, or even when she was a child. But the fundamentalist Mormon parents said no.

“Yes, I would like to see my parents prosecuted,” Mariah told the Guardian. “They deserve it. And it might stop others.”

That won’t happen, at least at the moment. Under Idaho’s child-injury law, parents can’t be prosecuted for treating sick children “by prayer or spiritual means alone,” MagicValley.com reported. Idaho is one of six states with such a law, according to the Guardian.

Mariah suffers from pulmonary hypertension and has difficulty breathing. If her parents allowed doctors to close the congenital hole in her heart after she was born, her life would have been completely different.

Instead, her parents prayed and relied on “alternative” medicine, according to the newspaper. They believe that faith and prayer can conquer illness and disease.

Mariah did not have a social security number or a birth certificate until she left home two years ago, according to the Guardian.

I feel it is not OK for people to be allowed to ignore modern science that saves lives.

After having many health problems as a child, Mariah was told two years ago she had pulmonary hypertension, which is a kind of high blood pressure that impacts the arteries in your lungs and the right side of the heart.

“When I got back to my parents, my mom didn’t even want to look at me,” Mariah recently said in a panel discussion titled “Medical Neglect and Childhood Mortality in Idaho,” according to MagicValley.com. “She said, ‘Don’t talk about it, I don’t want to hear about it.’”

Mariah has spent much time in the hospital and has nearly died, but as she said in the panel discussion, her parents “were legally allowed to let me get to this point.”

There may be a change in the law soon, as Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is calling on state pols to examine the issue. Two children in the state died in 2012 without proper treatment, according to MagicValley.com.

“I feel it is not OK for people to be allowed to ignore modern science that saves lives,” Mariah said during the panel.

Credit: http://www.gossipmill.com/2017/06/disabled-lady-born-with-hole-in-her-heart-wants-her-parents-prosecuted/

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  • Latoya Straub

    2017-06-07 #1 Author

    This is so sad my heart goes out to her. I’m sending many prayers out to her. God bless!

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  • Mandy

    2017-06-07 #2 Author

    I don’t know if I truly agree with this

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  • Queta

    2017-06-07 #3 Author

    The parents should have been prosecuted. My prayers are with you dear.

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  • Charnece

    2017-06-07 #4 Author

    Such a sad story! My heart goes out to her

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  • Chassity

    2017-06-07 #5 Author

    This is sad I pray for her parents should have been punished

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  • Jessica patterson

    2017-06-07 #6 Author

    Great article. I hope the parents are prosecuted.

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  • Cia

    2017-06-07 #7 Author

    My prayers to this young lady

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  • Sai

    2017-06-08 #8 Author

    The parents should have let the doctor operate her.
    If the doctor can’t continue with the surgery and that is where God will start with his miraculous healing. You need to have faith and believe and you will be healed completely in Jesus name.

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  • Strawberry smiley

    2017-06-08 #9 Author

    My heart goes out to her but not sure I agree on prosecuting her parents

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  • Raven

    2017-06-08 #10 Author

    Now yes that is wrong and with her 100%

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