Girl’s decision to drop chemotherapy in favour of Aboriginal medicine prompts children’s aid intervention


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National Post | News

A Brantford, Ont. family’s decision to let their 11-year-old treat her cancer with Indigenous medicine rather than chemotherapy has prompted the intervention of Ontario children’s aid authorities.

“This chemo that I am on is killing my body and I cannot take it anymore,” said the girl, who cannot be named due to the involvement of provincial authorities, in a Tuesday video produced by Two Row Times, a free weekly distributed to Ontario First Nations reservations.

“I have asked my mom and dad to take me off the treatment, because I don’t want to go this way any more.“

Instead, the girl’s only treatment for the disease will be a regimen of Six Nations traditional medicines and treatments known as Ongwehowe Onongwatri:yo:.

McMaster Children’s Hospital, where the girl received chemotherapy, “didn’t seem to have protocol in place for indigenous children whose families choose traditional medicine instead of pharmaceuticals,” said Nahnda…

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