Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Morons of a Lesser God

These stories never cease to disgust. A Wisconsin couple allowed their eleven year old daughter to die of complications of Type-1 diabetes.

Was it because they couldn't afford insulin because of a crack habit?


They prayed.

God didn't answer in time.

Daughter died.

A couple who prayed as their 11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes will be charged with second-degree reckless homicide, a prosecutor said Monday.

I don't believe we are to understand God's motivation or timing. One has to wonder, if these lost souls believed that God would heal their daughter of her diabetes, how do they rationalize God allowing their daughter to get it in the first place?

JBird's mother prays every night for God to heal our daughter. In the mean time, we help her manager her diet, insulin levels and otherwise keep her as healthy as possible.

We are buoyed by the fact that Type-1 Diabetes is thought to be curable in the foreseeable future and also that we know of many adults that live otherwise normal, healthy lives as a result of a careful regimen of diet and insulin treatment.

Madeline Neumann, daughter of Dale and Leilani Neumann, died March 23 at the family's rural Weston home. An autopsy determined she died from undiagnosed diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body.

The grandmother said she told Leilani Neumann to take the girl to the doctor but the mother said her daughter "would be fine and God would heal her," the court record said.

The grandmother eventually contacted a daughter-in-law in California, who called police on a non-emergency line to report the girl was in a coma and needed medical help. An ambulance was dispatched to the home shortly before some friends in the home called 911 to report the girl had stopped breathing, authorities said.

The Neumanns each face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. Charges were being filed later Monday, Falstad said.

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