BANGOR, Maine — A mother who feared powerful AIDS drugs would kill her HIV-infected 4-year-old son rather than extend his life won the right Monday to refuse treatment for the boy.
A state judge refused to give custody of Nikolas Emerson to the state Department of Human Services, which had argued his mother was jeopardizing his health.
Valerie Emerson had said she saw her 3-year-old daughter go through an agonizing death while on the drug AZT, and she did not want Nikolas to suffer the same way. She had no immediate comment on the ruling.
Emerson, 27, is infected with the AIDS virus herself and has also stopped taking medication. She gave Nikolas the virus at birth.