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Teen forced to undergo chemo testifies at custody hearing

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) – A 17-year-old Connecticut girl who the state forced to undergo chemotherapy has testified at a closed door hearing where she and her mother are seeking her release from state custody.

Lawyers say the teen, identified only as Cassandra C., testified by teleconference for an hour Monday in Juvenile Court. Two social workers and her oncologist testified as well.Original Story: Hearing today on custody of teen cancer survivor

“I think she did great,” said Cassandra’s attorney, Josh Michton. “She’s a smart kid. She’s a competent witness on top of that.”

“She knew exactly where the questions were going, and she was ready for them,” said Michael Taylor, Cassandra’s mother’s attorney. “She gave very articulate answers. She was impressive.”

The teen learned recently that her Hodgkin lymphoma is in remission and she is no longer fighting the treatment. But she and her mother are asking to end her custody by the Department of Children and Families so she can go home now instead of waiting until the chemotherapy is complete next month.

Cassandra remains confined at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, and a decision has not been made. She will be free to make her own medical decisions when she turns 18 in September.

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