DCF, hospital receiving threats over forced chemo

Cassandra C.

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– For more than a month, 17-year-old Cassandra C. has received chemo against her will, and now she says the hospital and the Department of Children and Families have received threats.

“Because this case has gotten national attention, people from all over who have some insight or some interest are calling and emailing,” said Joshua Michtom, the teen’s attorney. “She doesn’t have the emotional supports. People [are] calling the hospital who don’t even know her and doing anything like that, it just makes it [the situation] that much lousier.”

“I understand there are people outraged by my situation, but making threats is not and will not help me in any way at all,” wrote Cassandra to News 8’s Stephanie Simoni via Facebook. “DCF will not allow me to be released as long as these threats are being made. It’s making them feel like the hospital is the safest place for me.”

On the flip side, she’s gotten support through the mail with letters sent in from around the state, California, Ohio, Kentucky, and Ukraine.

“It brightens up my day to receive letters of love, prayer, and support from people all around the nation,” wrote Cassandra.

“DCF keeps her in a room with someone at the door and the door open all the time,” said Michtom. “She gets twice weekly visits from her mom. It’s hard, obviously her friends are teenagers; they don’t live in Hartford, so it’s hard for them to get transportation to visit her. DCF has taken her phone away.”

About a week ago, the courts ruled she is not mature enough to make medical decisions. She ran away from home to avoid the treatment. Now DCF has temporary custody. Without the chemotherapy doctors say she will die; with it, there is a high probability she will live. Michtom says he’s working with DCF to improve day-to-day life in the hospital.

“If she has to go through chemo let’s make it the least awful possible,” said Michtom.

Cassandra said she starts her third round of chemo on Monday.

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