The parents of a two-year-old girl with cancer are considering the possibility of putting her in a new, permanent swimming pool instead of spending time in one.
In a letter obtained by ABC News, the family writes that it wants to “protect the safety of the family and the community” by keeping the girl in a “safe and permanent pool,” but not at a hospital.
“As with many children with cancer, our family has a lot of medical challenges and this is a very difficult decision,” the letter reads.
“While this decision is difficult, it is the right one for the family.”
The family’s letter to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) says the family plans to take the girl to a new swimming pool, but it’s not clear what pool she will be put in.OHA has not confirmed the girl’s swimming pool location, and there are no plans to replace her swimming pool.
The girl’s mother, Lauren, said she hopes to get the OHA to reconsider her decision.
“I feel like they’re making a huge mistake and I think they should really reconsider,” she said.
“The fact that it’s a pool that they don’t even know about makes me angry.
That’s not good.”
She said she feels like a stranger in a strange land and it’s time to get out of the hospital.
Lauren says she feels “unsafe” in her hospital room and that she’s not comfortable swimming at a pool.
“When you have something like this, where you can’t see anything or not be able to see anything, that’s pretty scary,” she told ABC News.
The family wants the OMA to review their decision, saying it has been “a very difficult and traumatic time.”
“We are very grateful to have had this opportunity,” Lauren said.
“I hope that it makes us feel better.
I want to be able not to be scared.”
Lauren said she doesn’t want to have to do anything at home for now.
“She is just so young and we don’t want her to be put at risk, we want her safe, so we want to do what we can to help her get better and get home safe,” she added.
The OHA has confirmed it is reviewing the case.