Oregon Teen in Faith-Healing Family Dies of Bladder Infection

'Horrible way to die,' says medical examiner
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 19, 2008 11:23 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A 16-year-old Oregon boy whose family believed that faith can heal has died after refusing medical treatment for pain and shortness of breath, reports ABC News. The state medical examiner said the boy's bladder infection would have been easily treatable and his death was "absolutely a horrible way to die." No charges are likely to be filed. Under state law, anyone over the age of 14 can refuse medical treatment.