I wrote about the aboriginal girls “JJ” and Makayla, who were striken with leukaemia here, here, here and here. The parents of both girls stopped their chemotherapy in favour of an exclusively alternative treatment at the Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI) in Florida. One of the girls, Makayla, has since died from her disease.
It is worth noting that both co-directors of HHI (Brian and Maria Clement) are facing allegations of misrepresenting themselves as doctors and Brian Clement has been fined upwards of $3000 for practising medicine without a license. This guy is a complete charlatan who would, according to Steven Pugh, former director of nursing at HHI, tell patients “not to take their medications.”
Clement targeted First Nations communities, often travelling to Six Nations and New Credit to give talks. Makayla’s mother stopped her daughter’s treatment after Clement told her that he could cure her and although I have absolutely no evidence of this, I wouldn’t be surprised if he persuaded her to turn her decision to seek treatment at HHI into an aboriginal rights issue; it would fit his sociopathic MO.
This is a horrible situation that has subjugated the health of these young girls to politics. It is important to remember that the girls, at least Makayla, was receiving “traditional” and main stream care at the same time until Clement stepped in; no one told the girls that they couldn’t receive traditional medicine.
Now, to add insult to injury, Karen Hill, the doctor who was instrumental in persuading the judge to rule in favour of “JJ” being taken off chemotherapy and given alternative and “traditional” treatments, has received an award from The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Hill’s award is “for her dedication to bridging the gap between indigenous health values and the practice of western medicine.” The only good thing is that it appears the College is embarrassed about their choice, for Dr. Andrew Padmos, CEO of the College, made certain to state that “the nomination process took place well before that case happened and certainly before it became public, as did the selection process…”
It seems more aboriginal children will die until the aboriginal community puts a stop to this! Under any other circumstance, the doctor would be held accountable for making lethal and frankly unhippocratic choices but here, the doctor is rewarded.