healthimpactnews.com / November 4, 2014
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Denied a voice and presence in current court proceedings regarding a custody battle between his mother and Illinois CPS and Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, 17 year old Isaiah Rider has decided not to remain silent any longer, and recently told his story in an exclusive interview with Health Impact News reporter Terri LaPoint.
Isaiah and his mother Michelle traveled to Chicago from their home in Missouri earlier this year to visit specialists at Lurie Children’s Hospital who were recommended by their doctors in Kansas City to treat his rare condition, neurofibromatosis, which causes painful tumors on the nerves. When his condition did not improve, and the pain became worse, his mother wanted to remove him from the hospital and seek a second opinion. The hospital refused, and ordered CPS to take custody of Isaiah away from his mother.
Isaiah Rider was not even allowed to say goodbye to his mother, and it would be 24 days before he would see her again. Terri LaPoint reports: