Judge: Runaway Christian Girl Not Required to Reunite With Muslim Parents

Well, so good for Rifqa Bary, the former Muslim teen who ran away from home, in fear of her life, after she converted from Islam to Christianity. She will not have to reunite with her parents before she turns 18. This will also help her immigration status, which is in question.
Also, in regards to Xavier’s comment, on one of our earlier post about her, where he said “[t]his girl has cancer, if she dies, then her death will be on the hands of these Christian fundie nuts”. As I told Xavier, “[p]lease keep in mind that the comment about the “faith healers” was made by her parents. They have made several inaccurate comments throughout this whole situation, most of which dealt with the nature of her Christianity”. My statement is true as her lawyer put that myth to bed. It turns out that she decided, in consultation with her doctor, to suspend chemo treatments, since her cancer scans are currently clean.
As a cancer survivor, I can comment on this.
As with me, she was given two cancer treatment options. The first is to have surgery to remove the cancer, followed up by a battery of chemo (in her case) or radiation (in my case). The second option is surgery followed by what is characterized as “observation”, or watching, for the development of other cancers, via blood tests and non-invasive scans (CAT, X-Ray, PET or MRI).
In my case, I opted for radiation, but unlike Rifqa, my battery was only 3 weeks. Her chemo was supposed to be 45 weeks.
For those of us who have been through it, we understand what almost year of this treatment means. For those of you haven’t, I pray that you never have to, but please know that you cannot understand. I do understand why a young lady, if given the choice, would choose to do “observation” instead of 45 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy.
None the less, the parents once again mis-characterized her Christian faith.
Please continue to pray for this brave, young lady.

Fathima Bary

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A juvenile court judge in Columbus, Ohio, has granted a runaway Christian convert’s request to declare reunion with her Muslim parents impossible, paving the way for the girl to fight deportation.

Magistrate Mary Goodrich said Thursday that reconciliation between Rifqa Bary and her parents isn’t possible before she turns 18 on Tuesday. Goodrich also said it’s not in the girl’s best interest to return her to her native Sri Lanka.

Bary is an illegal immigrant. The ruling allows her attorneys to file for a special immigration status to allow her to stay in the U.S. while she continues medical treatment following recent surgery for uterine cancer.

Bary fled to Florida last year saying she feared harm for her conversion. Her parents deny she would have been harmed.The immigration status of the parents, who live in the Columbus area, is unclear.

Bary underwent successful cancer surgery in May and then was scheduled for 45 weeks of chemotherapy , which would give her an “80 to 90 percent chance” she’d be fine, Omar Tarazi, an attorney for Bary’s parents, told the judge.

Instead, Bary stopped the chemotherapy after two or three rounds, deciding she’d been healed, Tarazi said. In a court filing last week, the girl’s parents claimed she stopped after visiting a faith healer.

“The parents are feeling helpless,” Tarazi said. “They feel like this is such a critical issue that it be in writing.”

Goodrich said she understood why Bary’s parents, Mohamed and Aysha Bary of suburban Columbus, filed the request. “I’ve never gotten the impression they didn’t care very much for their daughter,” she said.

A letter from Bary’s doctor recommending the 45 weeks of chemotherapy indicates she is cancer free for now according to available imaging technology, Bary’s attorney, Kort Gatterdam, told the judge.

The letter also says she suffers from a rare form of cancer for which there is no standard treatment.

Rifqa Bary stopped the treatment after becoming sick and in consultation with her doctor, Gatterdam said. He disputed the faith healer allegation, saying Bary had attended a prayer conference after which she continued with surgeries and other treatment.

“Rifqa’s not saying she’ll never do the treatment again, that she’ll never do chemo,” Gatterdam said. “She’ll continue working with her doctor.”

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See our previous post about Rifqa Bary.
Surgery for Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Reportedly to Take Place Today.
Parents of Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Refuse Proper Cancer Treatment for Daughter.
Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Faces Cancer Treatment.
Rifqa Fights to Stay in the U.S..
Rifqa’s Immigration Status Tenuous.
Pastor: Threats Against Rifqa Serious.
Muslim Parents of Teen Christian Convert Renege on Custody Agreement.
Runaway Christian Convert to Remain Free of Parents, Judge Rules.
Rifqa Bary Case Takes a Positive Turn.
Court Issues Reunification Plan in Rifqa Bary Case.
Rifqa Bary Returns to Columbus.
Hamas-Linked CAIR Supervised Police Interview of Rifqa Bary’s Parents on Abuse Allegations.
Florida Investigation Finds No Credible Threat to Teen Christian Convert.
Teen Christian Convert Who Fled Muslim Family Gets Online Threat.
Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Says Family Threatened to Kill Her.
Updated: Judge Decides Fate of Honor Student, Cheerleader Who Fears “Honor Killing” After Converting to Christianity.
Parents of Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Have Ties to Mosque of Alleged Terrorist.
Political Asylum Suggested for Rifqa Bary, Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert.
Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert Order Back to Ohio by Florida Judge.
Rifqa Investigation Ignored Facts About Islam.

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