US couple lose child custody over cancer refusal

(BBC) – A cancer-stricken four-year-old boy in Florida has been ordered to live with his grandmother after his parents prevented him from having chemotherapy.

The custody ruling on Monday against parents Taylor Bland and Joshua McAdams came after their bid for alternative treatment garnered national attention.

The boy was taken from his parents in April after they skipped chemotherapy and left the state.

The parents are “obviously devastated,” their lawyer told US media.

“Noah is going through an absolutely traumatic medical experience and he is doing so without his parents,” said lawyer Brooke Elvington.

After the boy, whom the BBC is not naming, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April his parents opted to treat him using cannabis, oxygen therapy, herbs and alkaline water.

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