Family of teen in medical custody dispute sues hospital - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Family of teen in medical custody dispute sues hospital

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The family of Justina Pelletier is suing Children's Hospital in Boston. (WFSB file photo) The family of Justina Pelletier is suing Children's Hospital in Boston. (WFSB file photo)

The family of a Connecticut teenager involved in a medically related custody dispute in Massachusetts is suing Children's Hospital in Boston.

The lawsuit announced Thursday alleges the civil rights of Justina Pelletier of West Hartford and her parents, Louis and Linda Pelletier, were violated and they suffered extreme emotional distress.

Justina, now 17, attended the announcement in a wheelchair.

The case hinged on dueling diagnoses of Justina's condition. Tufts Medical Center had treated Justina for mitochondrial disease, a cellular disorder, but Boston Children's Hospital later diagnosed her problems as psychiatric.

That led to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families taking custody of Justina for more than a year.

Children's Hospital said in a statement that it welcomes the chance to "vigorously defend" the care it provided the girl.

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