Everyone did their jobs to the best of their ability, down to a hospital doctor calling a child protection agency to try to make sure that a 13-year-old girl got the life-saving heart transplant she needed.
The problem was, 13-year-old Hannah Jones didn't want the heart transplant. She's been in and out of the hospital for eight of her 13 years, first for leukemia treatments, and then for the cardiomyopathy that was caused by the leukemia treatments. Having spent so much of her time in hospital wards, the unusually mature teen just wants to spend whatever time she has left at home, with her family. But she almost got dragged kicking and screaming back to the hospital anyway.
Her decision is as heartbreaking to her parents as it was mysterious to the doctors treating her, but she's finally convinced everyone (including the social worker) that she knows what she's doing.
To learn more about this heartbreaking case study:
- read this Reuters piece