Following the successful surgery of a Wilsonville teen cancer patient, the Department of Human Services said its employees had received threats related to their involvement with the case — which has become a flashpoint over a parent’s right to refuse established medical advice.
Kylee Dixon, 13, had surgery last week to remove a tumor on her liver. Dixon has been in DHS care since last summer when her mother, Christina Dixon, defied court orders to deliver her daughter to state care — citing her desire to treat her daughter’s tumor with CBD oil instead of surgery.
On Monday, days after Kylee Dixon had surgery, DHS said in a statement that they wanted to clarify that they were still Dixon’s legal guardians, and that her mother was being provided with regular updates on her progress. DHS said Dixon and her mother have been in touch with each other since the surgery, both in person and over phone and video chat.
“DHS is in agreement with providing ongoing contact and visits between Kylee and Ms. Dixon as allowed by the orders of the criminal court and Kylee’s medical team,” said the statement. “DHS is not solely responsible for determining the amount of contact between Kylee and her mother.”
The statement noted Christina Dixon’s criminal charges related to her daughter’s case. Last summer, Christina Dixon was charged with custodial interference and criminal mistreatment after she fled with Kylee Dixon to Las Vegas. That case remains open. Christina Dixon previously claimed that the CBD oil she gave her daughter shrunk the cancerous tumor by 90 percent, but doctors have not publicly verified that claim.
—Jayati Ramakrishnan; 503-221-4320; firstname.lastname@example.org; @JRamakrishnanOR