‘I love you more than anything in the world': Girl, 15, forced to send notes to her parents hidden in origami after they lose custody of her to a HOSPITAL

  • Justina Pelletier was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease as a child
  • The 15-year-old was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital after coming down with the flu
  • She has been kept there against her will for nine months
  • Doctors have claimed the teen is in fact suffering a mental illness that manifests itself in physical symptoms
  • Her parents are embroiled in a custody battle with the hospital who did not wish to comment
  • Neither the Department of Children and Families or hospital were able to comment after a court judge prohibited public statements being made

By Jennifer Smith

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The parents of a 15-year-old girl who has a long history of medical problems have lost custody of her to a hospital. 

Justina Pelletier was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a genetic disorder that can cause loss of muscle coordination and weakness, several years ago.

The teenager from West Hartford, Connecticut, however was able to live a normal life until coming down with the flu in February.

'Don't forget me': Justina Pelletier, 15, has been held at Boston Children's Hospital for nine months against her will by doctors who believe she is suffering from a mental illness

‘Don’t forget me': Justina Pelletier pictured in Boston Children’s Hospital where she has been held against her will for nine months by doctors who believe she is suffering from a mental illness

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The family are only able to visit 15-year-old Justina at the hospital (pictured) for one hour every week, and can speak only twice a week on the phone for 20 minutes at a time

Justina was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital to receive treatment from a specialist she has known since her diagnosis.

Upon admission however a team of new doctors allegedly swooped in on the teen and came up with a different conclusion about her condition.

They also cast doubt on whether she had ever had mitochondrial disease, suggesting she in fact suffering from Somafotorm disorder – a psychological condition that manifests itself in physical symptoms.

After the conflicting diagnosis, doctors allegedly gave Justina’s parents the heart-breaking news that they wouldn’t be able to take their daughter home.

Nine months after the incident. Mr and Mrs Pelletier remain embroiled in a bitter custody battle with the hospital who allow Justina so little time to see her family she has resorted to smuggling letters to them in origami artwork.

‘This one’s in her artwork,’ says Justina’s sister, Jennifer, pointing to a folded note.

Justina has resorted to hiding handwritten notes to her family in origami artwork

Justina has resorted to hiding handwritten notes to her family in origami artwork

Despite being diagnosed with the condition which can affect muscle coordination and mobility, 15-year-old Justina lived a normal life until being taken to Boston Children's Hospital in February   Despite being diagnosed with the condition which can affect muscle coordination and mobility, 15-year-old Justina lived a normal life until being taken to Boston Children's Hospital in February

Despite being diagnosed with the condition which can affect muscle coordination and mobility, 15-year-old Justina lived a normal life until being taken to Boston Children’s Hospital in February

'It's kidnapping': Justina's parents has been left fighting for custody of her as psychologists and doctors describe the case as 'one of the most bizarre' they have seen    Justina's mother, Linda Pelletier, recalls how security ushered her and her husband out of the hospital after being told she wouldn't be taking her daughter home with her

‘It’s kidnapping': Justina’s parents Lou and Linda Pelletier have been left embroiled in a bitter custody battle with the hospital

‘I know you trust in me. Don’t forget it. I love you more than everything in the whole world. Justina,’ Linda Pelletier reads from one note.

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