Mom with Breast Cancer Gets to Keep Kids Pending Final Ruling
Breast Cancer in the News
A mother with metastatic breast cancer won the right to keep her children, at least temporarily.
Last month, we heard the shocking story about the North Carolina mother with stage 4 breast cancer who was ordered to hand her children over to her ex-husband, who lives in Chicago. Breast cancer was used as a main reason to deny the mother primary custody. (Mom Loses Custody of Kids for Having Breast Cancer)
Now Time reports that Alaina Giordano has won a temporary reprieve and will not be forced to give up custody of her two children, ages 6 and 11, to her ex-husband. Time also reports that her condition is stable and she is actively involved in her children’s lives:
“Court documents describe her as energetic and involved in her children’s day-to-day lives — carting them to soccer practice and on overnight camping trips — and her legal team submitted to the court statements from a network of friends who are ready to offer support should she need it.
Giordano’s cancer is stable and may remain that way indefinitely, according to court documents that cited Dr. Janet Horton, an oncologist at Duke University Medical Center where Giordano is being treated. “There is no reason to believe that Ms. Giordano could not be one of those patients” whose cancer doesn’t progress further, Horton said.”
The judge’s ruling last month was particularly troubling because breast cancer was used as a main reason to deny primary custody. ABC news quoted the judge as saying, “the course of her disease is unknown” and “children who have a parent with cancer need more contact with the non-ill parent.”
Despite the reprieve, the battle is not yet over. A final ruling may take months.
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