Teen with leukemia pleads to get out of CPS-required chemo


The 13-year-old Lengthy Island teen with leukemia who was ripped from his mom’s arms by Baby Protecting Companies and compelled to bear chemotherapy has issued a heartbreaking video plea to be launched.

“That is Nick Gundersen reporting from Winthrop Hospital the place they’re preserving me hostage,” the kids says within the video.

“I’m very mad as a result of that is speculated to be outpatient and I don’t have most cancers so there’s no want for chemotherapy, however they assume that I do have most cancers which is fake. I really want to get out of right here as a result of it’s inflicting me numerous stress and I can’t cope with it anymore,” he continued, breaking into tears.

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Gundersen was recognized with leukemia in June, and the teen spent his summer season enduring grueling rounds of chemotherapy earlier than medical doctors at NYU Winthrop on Lengthy Island deemed the most cancers in remission.

And so his mother Candace Gundersen determined to take her son to Florida for “preventative unhazardous remedy” that will not wreak havoc on his physique the way in which chemo did.

However whereas there, Baby Protecting Companies ordered her to deliver Nick again to New York for chemo or face arrest. She complied, and CPS compelled Nick to return to NYU Winthrop whereas sporting a wrist monitor on to verify he can not go away.

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“I’m getting damage extra right here than anyplace else this place isn’t okay for me to be. I don’t have to be in any hospital,” he pleads by tears within the video.

CPS made a transfer to place Nick in foster care throughout a listening to in Suffolk Household Courtroom Wednesday, however Candace is returning to courtroom Friday to struggle the scheme.

Nick’s court-appointed lawyer stated Wednesday he’s inconsolable with out his mom.

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“He desires to be along with his mother,” legislation guardian Mary Toner instructed Suffolk County Choose Matthew Hughes. “He expressed that time and again. He stated that she helps him in each facet. She is aware of methods to resolve any discomfort that he’s in.”

Candace has already provided to relinquish authority over how Nick is handled if solely the state-run CPS would let her son come dwelling — however the company has declined the settlement supply.

“They’ve a vendetta in opposition to me,” the mother stated exterior courtroom Wednesday.


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