Maybe I’m not as well versed in all things Biblical text as I’d like to be, but I haven’t been able to find the verse in the Bible that says medicine is worthless and prayer is the perfect cure-all. If anyone can find it, please let me know.
Right now my blood is a bit boiling. All I wanted to do was check the weather and I stumbled on this article about the parents of 11 year-old Madeline Neumann in Wisconsin who died of diabetes complications because they haven’t taken her to a doctor since she was 3. They saw no need to since they could just pray instead.
The autopsy showed that Madeline died of diabetic ketoacidos, and apparently it could have easily been avoided had she been taking insulin. But this family, who describes themselves as “not crazy, religious people” who have “nothing against doctors” just decided that God treats diabetes just as well as insulin.
She had probably been ill for about 30 days, suffering symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness, [Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin] said. She had not been diagnosed with the ailment previously.
Thirty days. She was sick for thirty days and no one thought that she should go to a doctor. Then two weeks ago they noticed she was getting lethargic. I guess they prayed really well because she stopped being so tired.
But then they must have gotten sloppy with their prayers since she got tired again. But they kept praying, and they believed she would get better, but she died the next day.
Who would have thought with all the healing powers of prayer and believing that she would have still died?
Right now the police are finishing up the investigation. Next week the state’s attorney will be looking at it and deciding what charges the family will face, if any.
But good ol’ mom isn’t worried. She has God on her side.
She said the family is not worried about a police investigation into her daughter’s death because “our lives are in God’s hands. We know we did not do anything criminal. We know we did the best for our daughter we knew how to do.”
The best for your daughter would have been to take her to the emergency room. I’m sure you “knew how to do” that.
Hopefully these parents will be spending many years in prison, away from their other three children. And hopefully the children will be taken in for check-ups in the near future.
ETA:Â After reading PZ Myers’ write up on this story, I came to find out that the other three children are, in fact, still in the home with their parents because they are not in any danger and have not been abused.Â I guess being forced to watch your sister die from diabetes because she didn’t have enough faith isn’t abuse, and the fact that type 1 diabetes is genetically-linked doesn’t put the other kids in danger either… maybe they’re just more faithful.