Boy Whose Parents Battled To Stop Cancer Treatment Has Died
A six-year-old boy whose parents won a court battle to end his cancer treatment has passed away.
Oshin Strachan was diagnosed with a rare and malignant brain tumour last December, and his parents Angela Kiszko and Colin Strachan made the heart-wrenching decision to stop his treatment.
Oshin went into palliative care in September before he passed away on Wednesday after spending Christmas with his family, WA Today reports.
The ‘Oceans Of Hope’ Facebook page confirmed the death of the child, with a heartbreaking post.
Oshin was at the centre of a legal battle over his treatment after his parents decided against treatment, arguing it would destroy his quality of life. His mother said she ‘didn’t understand’ chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
“I don't understand it and I've said that to the oncologist if I could understand your treatment I'd be for it but in my head I just cannot understand it,” Angela told 60 Minutes in April.
“They're treating cancer with a carcinogenic, or two carcinogenics, it doesn't make sense to me and I find it really difficult to see that that's called a treatment.”
The 60 Minutes interview came just days after a judge ruled Oshin was to undergo chemotherapy to treat the rare tumour, despite opposition from his parents.
The case returned to court in May, and in September a court ruled that Oshin would only receive palliative care.
“Children with medulloblastoma go through years of what I see as torture, medical treatments, relapses, just to get this – maybe – five years,” Angela told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I would like to offer Oshin peace, love and some fun times while we still can.”
Our thoughts go out to the family.
Source: Daily Mail