Parents Facing First-Degree Murder Charges After Trying to ‘Pray Away’ Child’s Type 1 Diabetes

I’ll be honest, before today, I had actually never heard about the tragic story surrounding the death of 15-year-old Alex Radita.

In case you hadn’t heard about it, in 2013, Alex died weighing just 37 pounds after his parents refused to treat the Type 1 diabetes he was diagnosed with when he was three. Instead they chose to try to “pray away” the child’s autoimmune disease. Not only that, but the boy’s parents actually accused doctors of giving the child diabetes after giving him insulin injections during a hospital visit.

Now Rodica and Emil Radita are on trial for first-degree murder.

According to CBC:

Alex was diagnosed with diabetes at age three when the Raditas lived in Surrey, B.C., and was hospitalized three times before social services seized the boy for a year because his parents refused to accept his diagnosis and treat him.

It was around 11 a.m. on the morning of May 7, 2013, that Ciltan testified he was called by another member of the church who said Alex had died and been brought back to life by God.

Yes, you read that correctly, these folks claimed that after Alex had passed away, he was resurrected by God.

According to testimony, the boy was actually deceased for 36 hours before 911 was called and others who knew of the situation over the years said the boy lived a life of “suffering.”

This is unconscionable to even begin to try to understand. This poor child suffered and died at 15-years-old weighing 37 pounds (or around the average weight of a 4-year-old) because his parents refused to get him the medical treatment he needed which would have helped him lead a mostly normal life.

Just thinking about this story nauseates me.

I can’t even fathom how mentally deranged two parents would have to be to sit there, for years, watching their child suffer and eventually die because they believed that it was the doctors who made him sick and that they could “pray away” his disease.

This is why, even as a Christian, I despise organized religion. A faith can be a great, spiritual part of someone’s life. But in organized religion (these monsters were members of the Romanian Pentecostal Church) you see a faith twisted and corrupted by humans — usually batshi*t crazy, greedy or power-hungry ones.

Unfortunately, stories like Alex’s aren’t all that uncommon.

While not all children die due to the neglect of these religious fanatics who refuse to treat their children medically, many do suffer permanent and painful disabilities because of the medical neglect they endured at the hands of their parents.

If an adult wants to refuse medical treatment due to some sort of ridiculous religious belief, fine – they’re an adult. But I don’t give a damn if we’re talking about someone’s child, if parents aren’t giving their children medical treatment that they desperately need, especially when it involves life and death, that’s child abuse — end of story. Not only should the children of any parent who refuses vital medical care be immediately removed from the home, but their parents should be charged with abuse and neglect.

I don’t care what religion you are, religious fanatics are dangerous.

This is why I maintain the belief that the world will always live in chaos as long as organized religion exists.

As for the case of Rodica and Emil Radita, if they are found guilty, which they damn well better be, I hope they’re given the harshest sentence possible. It takes a truly sick and twisted human being to watch your child deteriorate and suffer until their body finally gives out after years of agony.

If there is a hell, there’s a special place there for these two.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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