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Conn. family fighting to free daughter from hospital

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A Connecticut family is fighting the state of Massachusetts for custody of a 15-year-old girl.

The teenager's mother had to be taken out of the court house on a stretcher Monday after she fainted. She had just learned the state was putting her daughter into foster care.

The case first drew national attention after Boston Children's Hospital lodged a medical child abuse complaint against the girl's parents.

Doctors believe Justina Pelletier's trouble eating and walking is psychological in origin but her parents think she has a mitochondrial disorder.

Her parents also said it's worse since she has been in the custody of the state.

“This 15 year old girl has been ripped from family. Her family is not allowed to see her but one hour a week. Her physical, emotional and psychological condition is deteriorating rapidly. Look at her a year ago, she was figure skating now she’s in serious shape,” Dir. of Christian Defense Coalition, Rev Patrick Mahoney said.

The Washington, D.C. based "Christian Defense Coalition" said it will launch a national campaign to bring Justina back to her family.


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