Medical kidnapping? State orders teen girl with cancer to undergo surgery despite mom’s objections

Officials in Oregon are moving forward with cancer surgery plans for a 13-year-old girl whose mother had allegedly prevented her from getting the procedure in favor of CBD oil.

An attorney for the Oregon Department of Justice said during a court hearing on Monday that Kylee Dixon has a doctor’s appointment this week but no date’s been set on when she’ll have a cancerous tumor removed from her liver. Dixon, who’s been in foster care, has expressed that she would rather seek alternative medicine over chemotherapy and surgery, according to KGW.

Dixon is battling a rare form of liver cancer called Undifferentiated Embryonal Sarcoma. The state took custody of the teen in June, when her mother, Christina Dixon, allegedly ignored a court order by failing to get her prescribed medical treatment.

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In early August, Christina Dixon turned herself in on charges of custodial interference and criminal mistreatment. According to The Oregonian, she’s claimed that the CBD oil given to her daughter has shrunken the cancerous tumor by 90 percent. However, doctors haven’t publicly verified that claim.

Meanwhile, the state has argued that surgery has a 70 percent probability of stopping the cancer from spreading.

Christina Dixon told KGW that her daughter underwent aggressive chemotherapy sessions for six months—comparing the experience to being on “death row.” By June 2018, the teen was discharged from the Oregon Health and Science University and allowed to return home, where her mother began exploring alternative treatments, including CBD oil.

“I couldn’t do it anymore and my daughter wanted to go home. She had enough too. She begged me to take her home before they did more chemo,” she said.

Judge Heather Karabeika has asked the State Department of Human Services to place Kylee Dixon with a relative. KGW reported that she has denied requests from two of the teen’s aunts to intervene in this matter.

Christina Dixon is due to appear in court on Thursday for the criminal charges.

A court hearing regarding Kylee Dixon’s treatment is scheduled for September. Her mother told the news station that she’ll file a motion for an emergency hearing if the state plans the surgery before the next court date.

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[Featured image: Kylee Dixon, Christina Dixon/KGW video screengrab]