PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A mother fighting to keep her daughter out of the operating room had a small win Thursday as a judge postponed a state-mandated surgery.
Kylee Dixon has a cancerous tumor on her liver. Her mother, Christine Gale, defied a court order to turn the 13-year-old over to DHS in June when it was determined Kylee needed surgery.
Christine told KOIN 6 News on Thursday a Clackamas County judge stepped in to halt the surgery scheduled for Friday to remove her daughter’s tumor.
“Today, we finally got an answer,” Christine explained. “I didn’t expect today to turn out the way it did but it was a huge blessing and a huge relief.”
The teen said in online videos the surgeons planned to remove half of her liver.
The medical custody battle prompted Kylee and her mom to go on the run from DHS this summer.
Christine said she made the choice because her daughter had already undergone grueling chemotherapy treatments in the months prior to the state mandate and “was deteriorating in the hospital, we had 4 weeks for Kylee to live.”
According to posts from the mother and family members on Facebook, Christine relied on natural medicine to treat Kylee’s cancer, including CBD oil, while on the run. During that time, Christine believed the tumor had shrunk partly from the chemo but largely due to the use of vitamins and CBD oil.
“There are actually seven different types of regimens, immune therapies we were doing — natural versus Western,” Christine said.
They were eventually found at a hotel in Las Vegas and Kylee went into foster care with surgery looming.
Christine said she and her attorney are working to get their own medical experts, possibly from out of state, to carry out tests and scans to better understand the state of Kylee’s tumor.
They are fundraising through a PayPal account to pay for those additional tests to potentially bring before the judge.
“This whole case from the start has been a nightmare and unfortunately my daughter and I were the ones that paid the price,” Christine told KOIN 6 News. “I’m just glad the truth is coming out.”
The state has previously claimed medical experts believe Kylee will get sick and die without surgery.
The next court hearing on the case is set for Oct. 4.