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B.C. couple wins injunction to keep child on life support

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Published on August 14, 2015 with No Comments

A Vancouver, B.C. couple has won a temporary injunction against the provincial government to keep their four-month-old daughter on life support.

Born 25 weeks premature in April, Mary Jane Pierce suffers from cerebral palsy and has been in hospital since birth. She is on a ventilator, has frequent seizures and has already suffered multiple brain bleeds.

Her parents Justin Pierce and Michelle Arnold said that the Ministry of Children and Family Development has temporary custody of the child, and Pierce alleges officials want to take Mary Jane off life support.

“They thought that she wasn’t going to make it and so the ministry got involved and tried to pull her off life support without our permission,” Pierce told a leading TV channel. According to the couple’s lawyer, Jack Hittrich, the baby was scheduled to be transferred to a hospice on Tuesday morning before a B.C. Supreme Court Justice granted the injunction.

According to Hittrich, the parents allege they only signed away custody of their daughter under pressure.

Despite the health issues Mary Jane faces, both Pierce and Arnold are hoping she’ll recover using cannabis oil.


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