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Mom who fled with teen to avoid cancer surgery can see her

January 7, 2020 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge has ruled that a mother who took her daughter out of the state to seek alternative treatment rather than go forward with surgery to treat a rare form of liver cancer can see her daughter before and after the operation, which is set for next week.

Christine Dixon and her daughter, Kylee, were briefly reunited at a court hearing Monday to hash out the details of the surgery, according to KPTV-TV. The judge ruled that the two could visit before and after the surgery despite a no-contact order against Dixon and pending custodial interference and criminal mistreatment charges filed against her last year by prosecutors who say she ignored a court order to turn Kylee over to the state for urgent medical treatment.

The Dixons, who are from Wilsonville, Oregon, fled to Las Vegas in June to avoid surgery on a tumor in Kylee’s liver.

Christine Dixon said months of chemotherapy had debilitated her daughter and that she did much better on CBD oil, a non-psychoactive compound extracted from cannabis plants, and other alternative therapies.

The teen was placed in foster care nine months ago.

The state has said there is a 70% chance that surgery would stop the tumor’s growth. On Monday, the state attorney general’s office presented scans to the court showing that the tumor remains active.

Martin McMahon, an attorney with the Oregon Department of Human Services, told the judge that multiple doctors have called Kylee’s condition a “medical emergency.” Surgery on the tumor planned for last September was canceled at the last moment as the judge sought more medical information in the case.

In her months in foster care, Kylee, 13, has maintained that she doesn’t want surgery. On Monday, she told the court she was ready for the operation, according to KPTV.

She told the judge that she and her mother “have no problems” and that her mother is her best friend, “forever and always.”