A judge in Philadelphia has ordered that a
16-year-old injured wrestler, Mazzerati Mitchell must undergo a spinal surgery
even though the teen and his parents are unwilling for the procedure due to
their belief in herbal remedies and natural healing.
Doctors at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia felt so strongly
about young Mazzerati's case that they reported it to Delaware County's Department
of Children and Families. The judge has granted temporary custody to the
county. Following the recommendation of several doctors, the judge Mary Alice
Brennan of Delaware County ruled that the teen must undergo surgery to avoid
spinal paralysis. The boy's mother Mrs. Vernall Mitchell
who has studied natural medicine submitted a video to a news station to prove
that her son does not need the operative procedure. She believes that her son
will heal through rehabilitation and naturopathy. She said, "The operation
could actually cause paralysis. There are alternatives."
However the judge asked the Thomas Jefferson
University Hospital in Philadelphia to go ahead with the surgery. The hospital
authorities are to decide when and where the procedure will take place. A
lawyer is likely to appeal the decision on behalf of the Mitchell family.