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Parents, children, faith healing and the law

Part 1 of 2

July 22, 2011
By George J. Bryjak - Guest Commentary , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

In the winter of 1989, 4-year-old Alex Morris of Oregon City, Ore., developed a fever and complained of chest pains. His parents, members of the Followers of Christ Church, a religious denomination that practices faith healing and shuns members who seek standard medical help, anointed their son with oil and organized prayer sessions with other members of the congregation. Over the next month, Alex's medical condition deteriorated, and he eventually died of a massive chest infection. Oregon medical examiner Dr. Larry Lewman stated that during the course of his illness, the little boy had suffered greatly.

 
 
 

 

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