A 14-months old baby of an Italian family raised on a vegan diet has been removed from his parents by decree of court.
The story is really saddening. The baby’s body weight was not more than a three months old baby when he was taken to the hospital by his grandparents. He was suffering from dangerously low calcium levels, iron deficiency and heart disease that might cause serious ilnesses later on. In conclusion, the baby had to undergo an emergency operation. To make matters worse, Andrew’s parents refused their baby to be treated with any drugs containing animal products and left the hospital with him. The hospital staff immediately reported the case to the police, then prosecutors opened an inquiry for the case.
After the family ignored the heart condition and refused the treatment, baby kept on vegan diet has been removed from his parents custody temporarily. “It is not a problem to choose different or unusual kinds of nutrition, and we certainly do not want to enter into a discussion of the merits of the decision. But since birth, the baby should have had support in this case with calcium and iron,” said authorities. Being fed a strict vegan diet such a young age is really hazardous, care needs to be taken and nutritional supplements should be provided because a baby’s health is paramount.