Tuesday again. It must be time for another one of these:
Mariah Walton’s voice is quiet – her lungs have been wrecked by her illness, and her respirator doesn’t help. But her tone is resolute.
“Yes, I would like to see my parents prosecuted.”
“They deserve it.” She pauses. “And it might stop others.”
Mariah had a congenital heart defect that could have been treated. Instead, her parents, fundamentalist Mormons in northern Idaho, eschewed modern medicine and relied on faith and prayer. She had no birth certificate or social security number until she ultimately left home. Now her only recourse is a risky heart and lung transplant, at public expense.
It’s not just the believers who die.