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Senator tells woman with heart condition it was her parents’ legal right to pray instead of taking her to doctor as a child

By Mason White 11:49 AM May 30, 2017
Hospital (illustration)
Hospital (illustration)
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A woman who is suffering from a heart condition, is demanding that lawmakers protect sick children by forcing their parents to take them to doctors.

However, Idaho state Republican Senator Lee Heider said that parents are protected by their First Amendment right, and they can legally pray for their children’s recovery instead of going to doctors.

20-year-old Mariah Walton suffered her entire life. She struggles for every breath. Her parents never took her to a doctor. Instead, they and their children prayed for her recovery.

When Walton turned 18-year-old, she went to a doctor and discovered that she had a congenital heart defect (CHD).

Doctors told Walton that her condition could have been repaired easily when she was a child. However, now, her heart and lungs have been badly damaged due to lack of medical care.

She will now have to undergo a heart and lung transplant. Walton said that she wants the law changed in order to protect children rather than the religious rights of parents.

Walton wants her parents to be prosecuted over the lack medical care she received.

However, as of now, parents are protected from prosecution even if their child dies due to lack of medical care and Senator Heider wants it to stay that way.