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Petition to Thomas R. Suozzi


REMOVE/HOLD ACCOUNTABLE: JOHN O’NEILL, FORMER COMMISSIONER, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICESDENNIS NOWACK, ACTING COMMISSIONER, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICESMARK CLAVIN, DIRECTOR, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICESMARK E. WEINBLATT, M.D., NYU WINTHROP HOSPITAL FOR THEIR ACTIONS IN WRONGFULLY  HAVING CPS REMOVE NICHOLAS GUNDERSEN FROM HIS MOTHER’S CUSTODY  We are asking for the removal of John O'Neill, Dennis Nowack, Mark Clavin and Dr. Mark E. Weinblatt for their mishandling and the utter disregard of a child, Nicholas Gundersen.   They have made Nick's mother out to be neglectful when in fact, she is the one who brought her son in for treatment and even willfully brought him for treatment at the second hospital after the first hospital misdiagnosed Nick and nearly killed him.  Please read below for the full story:   Suffolk County, NY- Judge Matthew G. Hughes wept noticeably while rendering his verdict on October 26, 2018, ordering then 12-year-old Nicholas Gundersen into immediate CPS custody. Nick is being forced into a controversial long-term chemotherapy protocol, even though medical testing shows he is in remission from his cancer (Mixed Phenotype Acute Leukemia). This decision was made after Dr. Mark Weinblatt of NYU Winthrop Hospital testified Nick was “in imminent danger of dying” and the proposed chemotherapy would have minimal side effects to the child. (Which is untrue as noted below.) This is the second time in less than two months Nick is being removed from his mother’s care and custody  Nicholas was originally misdiagnosed in June 2018 by Cohen Children’s Hospital and not given the standard of care treatment for cancer he actually had. He lost over 20% of his body weight, had pleural effusion in both lungs, typhlitis (a life-threatening bowel infection), almost complete splenic infarction, respiratory issues, neuropathy and more. Later, he was transferred to NYU Winthrop, where he finished the second cycle of chemotherapy. Doctors from both hospitals confirmed there is no tested protocol for Nick’s diagnosis. Dr. Weinblatt testified only about 35% of the 12 children he has treated with the same cancer lived. Nick’s mother Candace Gundersen noted some of the drugs they want to give Nick have never been tested on children.  Judge Theresa Whelan signed an order on October 9, 2018, giving the parents the right to take Nicholas anywhere they chose.  On October 11, 2018, Dr. Mark Weinblatt of NYU Winthrop told Candace Nick was in remission from his cancer (MPAL), but said Nick would need three more years of chemotherapy to “keep the cancer from coming back.”  The parents chose instead to transfer Nick’s care to a team of doctors who provide non-toxic preventative treatment, as allowed by the order.  Within five days of moving to Florida, and just ten days after Judge Whelan’s order was issued, Suffolk County CPS official Mark Clavin (Family and Children Services) had his staff bring an Emergency Removal Petition before a different judge, Matthew G Hughes. Candace and her attorney, Elliot Schlissel did not have time to prepare or provide expert medical witnesses.   In the meantime, on October 27, 2018, Nick’s parents took him to a local hospital which revealed no cancer in Nick’s blood and no sign of imminent danger. Also, of interest is Suffolk County Social Services Commissioner John O’Neill has announced his resignation and stepped down November 2, 2018. The actions of those named above are NOT in the best interest of a child! An investigation into these actions needs to be had.    Contact Info: Attorney for the Gundersens:  Elliot Schlissel Public Relations for Media contacts:  Nicole Muj/Kultura PR  310-804-0964  

Marilyn McDermott
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Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Open Society Foundations, All Organizations Who Advocate for Women’s Health Rights. All Lawmakers, National Organization for Women, National Congress of Black Women, National Council of Jewish Women, Center for Reproductive Rights, UN Women, The National Council of Women of the United States, Women Enabled International, Inc., League Of Women Voters, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Republican Politicians, Democratic Politicians, President of the United States

Support Informed Consent for Female Sterilization (Tubal Ligation, Essure, Clips)

Female sterilization is defined as any medical procedure or treatment done to affect the fallopian tubes to render a woman permanently unable to become pregnant. Female sterilization is the most commonly used method of birth control/family planning utilized by couples in the United States. While female sterilization is considered to be an elective medical procedure, it is sold and marketed as a consumer product to women in the U.S. just as other forms of birth control methods are sold and marketed (condoms, IUDs, the pill, etc…). For this reason consumer protection is needed as well as informed consent. Female sterilization can cause negative iatrogenic side effects known by the OBGYN medical community as post tubal ligation syndrome (PTLS) or post sterilization syndrome. These side effects can be physical or hormonal in nature and include bleeding, hydrosalpinx, pain and loss of ovarian function. When a medical device is used such as filshie clips or Essure, there is added risk the medical device(s) can migrate and/or cause severe inflammatory/allergic reactions to the silicone, pet fibers, and nickel which is found in these devices. Physical and hormonal health changes can cause mental health to be affected causing loss of libido, memory loss, depression, anger and rage. Physicians are required by law to inform and advise patients about the consequences and risks of medical procedures. For elective surgery this means even remote risk (statistics are irrelevant). All forms of birth control list and disclose both risks and benefits of each expect for sterilization. Post Sterilization Syndrome is known and understood by the OBGYN medical community but in a widespread systematic way this information is routinely withheld from women at the time of consent. Withholding information creates a cycle of abuse surrounding female sterilization. Lack adequate disclosure and withholding medical information is a deceptive practice done to sell the elective procedure/surgery/treatment/device and to persuade/compel women to make the decision that the doctor wants them to make. In doing so the physician and others benefit and profit. The act of withholding information is an attack directed against women, disables her decision process, distorts her choice, puts her at a disadvantage, and creates for her a disability. The mere fact that the woman might refuse treatment is not sufficient to act as a justification for nondisclosure of information, limited disclosure, or therapeutic privilege. Key Issues: Policy - Obtaining valid consent before carrying out medical, therapeutic and diagnostic procedures has long been recognized as an elementary step in fulfilling the doctor's obligations to the patient. Ethics - Withholding information from patients is ethically unacceptable. The notion of consent is grounded in the ethical principles of patient autonomy and respect for persons. "Autonomy" refers to the patient's right to make free decisions about his or her health care. Respect for persons requires that health care professionals refrain from carrying out unwanted interventions and that they foster patients' control over their own lives. Law: Negligence - It is the treating physicians legal requirement to present all risks and benefits and obtain the patient's informed consent before providing treatment. Treating a patient on the basis of inadequately informed consent constitutes negligence. If the patient has been lied to about the treatment or there is other fraud in the informed consent, then the entire consent is invalid. Law: Battery - Treating a patient without her full informed consent (or with invalid consent) constitutes battery. Battery is committed even if the doctor acts in the patient’s best interest. Female sterilization in all cases is directed to be an elective choice to be decided by the woman alone at her own free will after information is presented detailing all known benefits and possible risks and while not in duress or distress.  Coercive sterilization is a grave human rights violation that is frequently targeted at women from marginalized segments of society. Coercive sterilization often occurs while a woman is giving birth or soon after, when she is in a position of powerlessness at the hands of healthcare providers. Consent cannot be obtained from a woman who is in an altered state of consciousness in any stage of labor or postpartum euphoria while in a state of extreme fatigue or sleep deprived on mind- or emotion-altering drugs Withholding information about known possible side effects and/or obtaining consent while a woman is in labor, while a woman is on opiate pain medication (or in an altered state of consciousness), or when a woman is under undue duress or distress all constitutes forced (fraudulent/coerced) consent and in all accounts (figuratively and legally) is battery (committed by the person who performs the sterilization). Until law is created to protect women that ensures all the known and possible risks of female sterilization is disclosed at the time of consent, all women who are sterilized are (and will be) a victim of battery. We ask for help and support from all organizations who advocate for women’s health rights and petition all lawmakers to, sponsor, co-sponsor, endorse and support all bills at the state and national level which would require full disclosure (informed consent) and protection for consumers of female sterilization. All parties shall take the necessary legislative or other measures to ensure that the intentional conduct of withholding information about negative side effects to female sterilization and consumer fraud surrounding female sterilization is criminalized.

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