"Mariah Walton is 20-years-old and permanently disabled. She has pulmonary hypertension and has to carry an oxygen tank in order to breathe. There have been times where there had to be screws in her bones to anchor in her breathing device. A heart and lung transplant may soon be in her future.
Things didn’t have to be this way, however. When she was an infant, a small defect in her heart could have easily been treated before the damage was irreversible. The problem was that her fundamentalist Mormon parents didn’t believe in doctors.
Living off the grid in Idaho in a fundamentalist Mormon sect isn’t ideal if you’re in need of urgent medical care. But having parents who refuse to seek out that care is an unimaginable nightmare. According to The Guardian, as Mariah’s condition worsened, her parents would prescribe her a steady regimen of prayer and “alternative medicine.” When she finally left home two years ago, she didn’t have a social security number or a birth certificate.
“Yes, I would like to see my parents prosecuted,” Mariah told The Guardian. “They deserve it… And it might stop others.”
And I would also like to see her parents prosecuted. She could have had her small heart defect repaired as a child by a doctor. Not god, a doctor. And she would be fine today.