Lawyer: Court right to name me NE Ohio Amish guardian

TOLEDO, Ohio -- A lawyer assigned to make medical decisions for an 11-year-old Amish girl who doesn't want to resume chemotherapy says an Ohio court shouldn't overturn a decision appointing her as guardian even though she wants off the case.

Guardian Maria Schimer wants to stop trying to force Sarah Hershberger to undergo chemotherapy.

She says Sarah and her parents fled their farm in northeastern Ohio and went into hiding to avoid treatments, and she can't reach the girl.

But Schimer also says in a filing this week that an appeals court was right to assign her as guardian.

The lawyer for Sarah's family is asking for a reversal of that decision.

The family decided last summer to halt the cancer treatments because they feared the chemotherapy could kill Sarah, who has leukemia.


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