|Quoting ManuCH (Reply 33):|
This brings up another (yes, slightly off-topic) issue: can parents deny treatment to a teen? Sometimes questions come up about certain religions who don't accept blood transfusions and stuff, and about parents who let their kids die because of this.
A parent cannot deny a child immediately
life-saving treatment on religious grounds. For small children, if the parents refuse to consent to a treatment that we consider necessary, we sometimes have to wake up a judge at 3AM to sign a court order bypassing the parents' consent. I've had to do this with Jehova's witnesses. I've never had it come up with a teenager, but I *HAVE* had parents refuse to tell (or allow me to tell) their teenager that he has congenital HIV or cancer or another diagnosis that the kid really needs to know about. I usually work with the parents in this case on why this is so important and how we can break the news. Usually, the kid already has it figured out, anyway.
Now, what happens when a 16yo refuses life-saving treatment? Well, it varies. Sometimes, the court orders the treatment. In a recent cancer case where the teen had already undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy and wanted to be treated in a natural Mexican clinic, instead, the courts flopped back and forth before allowing him to choose his own treatment.
So there is no one single answer in complicated cases, which is why they're complicated. But if it's a case of massive blood loss in a birth and a baby needs a transfusion and the parents say "no," that's not allowed. Religion is not an accepted excuse for neglecting a child.
|Quoting Flighty (Reply 31):|
Does she have the right to get breast implants because she as a 13 year old feels that sort of cosmetic procedure is agreeable to her, I would say no.
No, because no patient, regardless of age, has a right to demand futile treatment. A child cannot consent to ANY medical treatment, barring a reproductive issue.
So if you come to me and demand antibiotics for your stuffy nose, I'm not giving them to you. But if a 15yo comes in with strep throat and wants penicillin, I can't give it to her without her parents consent. However, that same 15yo with syphilis, I *can* treat without parental consent, at least in New York, California, and Michigan (the three states in which I've practiced).