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Girl With Diabetes Dies as Parents Pray

Is Prayer the Best Medicine? Parents' Faith Fails Daughter

An 11-year-old Wisconsin girl with Type-I diabetes has died after her parents used prayer to try to control her disease. The mother says she didn't know her daughter was terminally ill as she prayed for her to get better instead of taking her to the doctor. The girl's condition worsened suddenly while the parents stayed in prayer, believing she would recover.

Not concerned about a police investigation, the mother says because she and her husband believe their lives are in God's hands, they did nothing criminal. Their belief is that they only tried to do the best they could for their daughter.

The local Police Chief says the autopsy showed that the girl died from a type of diabetes that left her with too little insulin in her body. He estimates she had probably been ill for about a month.

Is this criminal negligence or an assertion of freedom of faith?


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