A Fight For More Than Life
In 2005, Abraham was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a curable form of cancer that affects the lymph nodes. In September he began the usual chemotherapy treatment at the Children’s Hospital in Norfolk, VA.
After three months of the usual treatment, Abraham became bald, nauseated, feverish and weak. “His legs would buckle under him. It pretty much devastated him,” said his mother, Rose, who home schools Abraham and his four siblings. But the doctors reccomended a second round after a year of unsuccessful treatments.
After further investigation and reading, Abraham decided he did not want to undergo another round of treatment. He decided to take an alternative route, using the Hoxsey method, following a sugar-free, organic diet and taking an herbal remedy four times each day.
According to Peter Chowka of www.naturalhealthline.com, “the Hoxsey Therapy is the oldest continuously used unconventional or alternative nontoxic cancer therapy in North America. Ironically, from the 1920s until recently, it was usually vilified as the leading example of medical quackery in modern times.”
But many have attested to the therapy’s healing power. And Abraham Cherrix believes in it.
“This is my body that I’m supposed to take care of,” Abraham said. “I studied. I did research. I came to this conclusion that the chemotherapy was not the route I wanted to take.”
But Judge Jesse Demps does not believe that Abraham or his parents have this right, and they have been ordered to report to the hospital by 1:00 today – a time that has already passed.
Abraham Cherrix, 16, and his father, Jay Cherrix told Your NewsChannel 3 they will not report to Childrens’ Hospital of the King’s Daughters by a court-ordered deadline of 1p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Instead, the family will be in conference with an Accomack County Circuit Court judge asserting their right to a brand new trial.
If the Circuit Court upholds the lower court’s ruling, Cherrix’ parents may be held in contempt of court. That means Cherrix’ parents could face additional charges or perhaps jail time.
Abraham’s father, Jay Cherrix, is prepared for the consequences of violating the court order.
“I’m not going to be an obstacle to my son. If a judge wants to throw me in jail, then he’s going to have to do that.”
This time of tribulation has been hard on the family, and it has brought out many scary implications for families across the nation.
“It’s scary that they can come in and they can do this to you,” said Jay Cherrix, who runs a kayak business next door to the family’s home.
“It’s hard enough to deal with a child having this disease, and then to have to deal with this (court case) as if we were criminals …,” Cherrix said, his voice trailing.
Abraham and his parents believe that a doctor reported them to Social Services for not continuing with chemotherapy, bringing them to the point they are at today. The judge has forbidden the family from leaving Virginia. The judge did allow Abraham and his family to return to the Mexican clinic last month only after the teen had X-rays to assess his disease.
The X-rays showed the chest tumor had grown mildly, Abraham said, adding that he wasn’t surprised because natural treatment takes some time to work its way into the body. He said, though, that he has a lot of energy and feels great.
His father is ready to continue the fight for his son’s life, even though he estimated medical and legal costs have helped put the family $100,000 in debt.
“I am worried because he has cancer,” Cherrix said. “It’s the responsibility of all parents, when their children are sick, to get them the best care that they possibly can.”
“When Abraham got cancer, it devastated all of us,” he continued. “I carried him in from the (chemotherapy) treatments and he looked as if he was a survivor from a concentration camp. We thought many nights we were going to lose him.”
Albert Mohler weighed in on the situation.
“The real issue here is the right of parents — rather than a social worker — to determine the medical treatment of their own children,” he said. “Note carefully that Abraham’s parents have not refused him all medical treatment. He has already undergone one round of arduous chemotherapy. They have allowed him to determine that another round of chemotherapy is not in his own best interest.”
“What is next?” he continued, “This case sends a chilling signal to America’s parents. Christian parents should take special note of this case, for the logic of this court would allow state intrusion into many of the decisions Christian parents make for their own children, ranging from education to discipline.”
“Let us all pray for Abraham Cherrix — a brave young man in the fight of his life.”
“It makes you wonder if Social Services doesnâ€™t have enough to do,” wrote Bronwyn Lance Chester, a writer for The Virginian-Pilot, “Or what kind of world we live in when judges can establish standards of medical treatment and oblige patients to follow them.”
This is not the only story like this. Katie Werneche has gone through a similar trial, and it has ended, so far, well.
Katie Wernecke, who was at the center of a state custody battle last year, was withdrawn from Banquete Junior High School last month and has moved out of state with her father to receive a new alternative cancer treatment.
The 13-year-old eighth-grader and her father, Edward Wernecke, are staying at an undisclosed treatment center out of state where they could be for months, Edward Wernecke said during a brief phone conversation Monday.
Child Protective Services removed Katie from her home in June after her parents refused radiation treatments for Hodgkin’s disease because they feared the potential side effects. Katie was reunited with her parents and three brothers in November after a five-month legal battle that reached the Texas Supreme Court. Ultimately, a district court judge ruled that Katie be returned to her parents and that they be allowed to make all her medical decisions.
What is scary about this issue is really summed up in this quote.
“With the court’s decision on Abraham Cherrix, conventional medicine has once against proven itself to be grounded in tyranny. That oncologists must use intimidation and the threat of arrest to scare patients away from safer, natural treatments is a powerful indicator of the sad state of desperation to which the cancer industry has sunk in order to acquire paying customers.”
I hope I am not being too cynical, but I don’t believe they will ever find a cure for cancer — they wouldn’t make enough money.
Please pray for Abraham, Katie, and others like them who are losing not only a legal battle, but also a battle for their very lives.
To voice your opinion to the judge, call one of his numbers and leave a message for him or ask to speak to him during business hours. Here are his phone numbers: (757)393-2990 or (757) 399-5514. Also, continue to watch The Rebeltion for more updates.