Guess how that worked out?
Alex Radita, 15, weighed less than 37 pounds at the time of his death in May 2013. His physical condition was so disturbing, many of the emergency responders who found the emaciated child inside the family’s home had to seek psychological services.
“It is hard to imagine what Alexander experienced in the last days, weeks and months of his life,” prosecutor Susan Pepper said in her opening statement.
“It must have been painful. It must have been profoundly lonely.”
The Raditas once had their son seized by B.C. social services after he nearly died from untreated diabetes — the same allegations they now face in relation to his death, according to Pepper.
“At some point the accused knew their plan was killing their son or they knew he was likely to die and they accepted this consequence,” said Pepper. “They knew this and yet they continued their plan.”
After their entanglement with the British Columbia authorities, the cruel, neglectful parents moved to Alberta, where authorities didn’t know their history of extreme child abuse and neglect. (Canada, like the USA or Germany, has a federal system where things like family law and basic criminal law are usually matters for the subordinate jurisdiction. Some criminals exploit this).
Police said at the time that Alex, who had Type-1 diabetes, died from a bacterial infection that arose from complications stemming from neglect and starvation.
The Raditas had several adult children who also lived in the home, but none of them were ever charged.
The family had moved from B.C. several years before Alex’s death, where court documents show his parents had a history of refusing to treat the boy’s illness.
The trouble began in 2000, when Alex was first diagnosed with diabetes at age three.
\The child was hospitalized several times before B.C. social services officials seized him for a year. He was returned to his parents in 2005.
As the trial continued, the parents’, particularly the mother’s, conviction that they knew better than mere doctors seemed to become even more clear as lawyers wrangled over whether to admit or exclude even more evidence of neglect and abuse.
Rodica Radita expressed to doctors and social workers over and over again that she did not accept her son’s diabetes diagnosis and was reluctant to treat it, according to evidence the prosecution wants allowed in the murder trial of the Calgary mother and her husband, Emil.
After his diagnosis, Alex went years without seeing medical professionals and was hospitalized several times, once when he was near death after his parents failed to properly treat him.
Throughout the years, Rodica told medical staff she did not agree with the diabetes diagnosis and did not want to give Alex insulin. At one point, she said she believed the insulin was giving Alex cold sores and resisted increasing the amount he was getting.
At one point, a hospital refused to release the kid back into his parents’ custody, noting that they were mired in unshakeable denial about his medical condition. Unfortunately, the hospital ultimately relented, and the parents just kept abusing and neglecting Alex until they killed him.
There’s a lot of people out there practicing medicine by blog and you-tube. If they don’t agree with a doctor’s diagnosis or treatment plan, they’ll just search the intertubes until they find one they like better.
A milder version of that is the person who does not like what the doctor is telling him, and selects a homeopath (practitioners of a notorious, legendary quackery) to tell him what he wants to hear, while giving him placebos. (By definition, homeopathic “remedies” can’t contain therapeutic levels of anything).
Ask your doctor about, say, vaccination (that usually smokes out these “alternative medicine,” really “alternative to medicine” barbers). If he ducks like a quack, it’s past time to change doctors.