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In the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman a child named Lia Lee is taken away from her parents by Child Protective Services and placed in foster care Because they arent giving her medication for epilepsy Although resulting in some medical benefits those benefits were lost because of destructive psychological and emotional damage to Lia Dr Neil Ernst decided to call child protective services when Lia Lees parents Nou Kou and Foua were reluctant to give her her medicine Dr Neil Ernst said I felt it was important for these Hmongs to understand that there were certain elements of medicine that we understood better than they did and that there were certain rules they had to follow with their kids lives I wanted the word to get out in the community that if they deviated from that it was not acceptable behaviorpg 79 Fadiman Dr Ernst could have also been arrested for not reporting it There were some alternatives to calling Child Protective Services such as my favorite one having a nurse visit the Lees three times daily to administer the medications but this thought did not occur to Dr Ernst andor seemed unreasonable at the time Although Fadiman does not mention what Dr Ernst thought about this course of action I can only suspect that it would have been too expensive to have a nurse visit three times a day Also they shouldnt be rewarded for their noncompliance by having someone else administer their daughters medication It might have also provoked the Lees to anger because they didnt like to give Lia the medicine because of how the medicine made her depressed and sullen After Lia was taken away for a period of a few
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