Justina Pelletier has been in the hands of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) for 16 months, ever since she was ripped from her parents’ care after a disagreement with Boston Children’s Hospital over their 15 year-old daughter’s medical diagnosis. Now the teenage girl has posted a video to Facebook begging the state to let her go home.
“Please let me go home right now,” the girl pleaded sitting in a wheelchair. “All I really want to be with is with my family and my friends.”
The video was posted on Sunday night on the Facebook page called “A Miracle for Justina” and was uploaded to catch the attention of Gov. Deval Patrick, as well as Suffolk County juvenile court Judge Joseph Johnston — the judge who ruled the girl should be taken from her family.
According to The Blaze, Pelletier uploaded the 45-second video after a visit home to see her sister’s dance recital. The Pelletiers have been fighting the ruling — and even have an upcoming court date on June 20 — but hope that this video will garner more attention and sympathy to allow the young girl to return home sooner.
“Please, right now,” she begged the camera. “I need to be home with my family and just please do it.”
The nonprofit Facebook page has garnered nearly 45,000 “likes” and gives updates on the girl’s health and happiness, and reports that though Pelletier is temporarily happy, she will not be truly happy “until she is in the arms of her loving family.”
According to the report, the Pelletier family has completed all of the proper DCF paperwork for dismissal, so there is no reason that the teenage girl shouldn’t be allowed to return to her family immediately. (RELATED: Massachusetts Awarded “Permanent” Custody Of Justina Pelletier)
“You can do it. You’re the one that’s judging this. Please let me go, home Judge Johnson and Gov. Patrick.”