Parents arrested for not taking 1-year-old son to medical appointments after liver transplant

Parents arrested for not taking 1-year-old son to medical appointments after liver transplant
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[Ed. – What possesses people with children to do crazy things like this?]

A child who had a liver transplant missed several doctors’ appointments and didn’t get his medication, and now his parents are charged with child abuse.

According to court documents, Kyla and Jason Witterman were arrested on Monday for failing to take their 1-year-old son to his medical appointments after he had a liver transplant in April 2018. Court documents say the boy’s parents also didn’t give their son his medications, which transplant experts say is critical after the surgery. The Wittermans are both charged with child abuse.

“They are basically sentencing themselves to death,” said Maria Sanders, an educator with New Mexico Donor Services. “They need to continue taking anti-rejection medication, and the anti-rejection medications keeps your body, the person who receives the transplant, from rejecting that valuable organ that was transplanted to them.”


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