By Christine Maggiore
Can you help us help the latest victim in the war on AIDS?
Caught in the cross-fire of AIDS hysteria is an 18 month-old boy believed to have tested HIV positive in mandatory newborn screening.
Although the boy's medical records do not show the results of this screening test, and his most recent HIV test is Indeterminate, he was taken from his home by seven police officers after his mother sought a second opinion on AIDS drug treatments that were making her child ill.
The boy's older sister was also taken in the "AIDS raid" but was later returned to her family when authorities noted her negative HIV status.
Our amazing and generous attorney has offered to assist the family to prepare for a custody hearing later this month. We also found an unprejudiced pyschiatrist to provide an evaluation of the parents' mental competency--they are accused of "being in denial" and are required to submit to psychiatric evaluation.
Today, a psychoanalyst offered to assess and provide testimony on the damage the child suffers being separated from his family, and a well respected pediatrician has agreed to take him as his patient and treat the boy as an individual instead of an HIV positive diagnosis.
We are seeking donations to help cover costs involved in preparing the family for their custody hearing. The family needs $1,000 to pull together the necessary legal documents and pay for doctor visits and lab work that is not covered by their insurance.
If you can pitch in any amount toward this goal, please let us know as soon as possible.
If what you've read so far has failed to inspire your concern and your generosity, please consider the cruel and inept system that is keeping the parents and child apart:
- The child's first HIV test result from his newborn screening is
missing from his records along with much other pertinent information
- The child's first "viral load" test was negative and this test is also missing from the records, but is referred to in the records several times
- The boy's most recent viral load test was performed at two different labs and came back with dramatically varying results
- The result from his most recent HIV Wesern Blot antibody test is Indeterminate
- His mother was told she had to take an HIV test in order to regain custody, but she has not been given the results of the test although the test was performed three weeks ago
- At the time of her HIV test, the test counselor assumed the mother was HIV positive, and based on that assumption, told the mother to draw up her will and figure out who will get custody of her two children when she dies
- The boy was healthy until he began recommended treatment with AIDS drugs
- The department of social services accused the mother of negligence after the mother had to reschedule an appointment for a second opinion. Although the appointment was rescheduled by the hospital and not the mother, and the mother was careful to notify DSS of the change in order to show that she was not negligent with regard to the medical care of her son, under orders from DSS, her children were removed from their home by seven police officers at 10:30 PM on July 17.
- The parents have been allowed to see their son only one hour a week since he was taken in July.
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