A 13-year-old girl underwent court-mandated surgery to treat cancer after her mother fled the state with her and lost custody to the state.
Kylee Dixon from Portland is recovering in the intensive care unit at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital after liver surgery, according to KPTV. Last week, a judge ruled that Kylee would get surgery after medical experts said that her health was an “emergency.”
Her mother, Christina Dixon, ignored a court order to bring Kylee in for medical treatment, KPTV reported. Kylee was taken from Dixon’s custody and put in foster care.
Dixon took Kylee out-of-state in order to avoid undergoing surgery to remove half of her liver, according to the Associated Press. They were eventually found in Las Vegas.
Dixon told KGW that she believes “alternative treatment” — such as CBD oil — should be used to treat Kylee’s cancer.
In September 2019, a judge postposted the mandated surgery and Dixon called the decision a “huge blessing and a huge relief,” KOIN reported.
Dixon hopes to get custody of Kylee back, despite facing criminal mistreatment and custodial interference charges, according to KGW.
“It’s a long road ahead and Kylee wants to come home,” Dixon told KGW. “Kylee is going to go through a serious recovery. The recovery here in the hospital alone can be a very long time.”