HARTFORD, Conn. – A 17-year-old Connecticut girl who was forced to undergo chemotherapy by the state has testified at a closed door hearing where she and her mother are seeking her release from state custody.
Lawyers say the teen identified only as Cassandra C. testified by teleconference Monday in Juvenile Court.
The teen learned recently that her Hodgkin lymphoma is in remission and she is no longer fighting the treatment. But she and her mother are asking to end her custody by the Department of Children and Families so she can go home now instead of waiting until the chemotherapy is complete next month.
Cassandra remains confined at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. She will be free to make her own medical decisions when she turns 18 in September.