[The following was submitted to TLS by Gerry Mullen] The rabbis have told me that when a human life is threaten, most of the rules of the Torah do not apply. Life is one of the most precious of all gifts from HaShem. A five year old Jewish boy lies in a cancer ward in Houston, Texas. The medical staff has told the parents there is nothing more they can do. But, there is always something that can be done.
A possible drug created by a Dr. Irving Weissman of Stanford University has successfully combated many forms of cancer both in the lab and in animals. A decision was made to try the drug on humans in a series of clinical trials initially scheduled for Nov’ 13.
The trials were moved to Dec’ 13, then early 2014. The latest information, I received from Dr. Weissman’s office, is that “no date has been set.”
The added problem is no children are to be included in the testing and none with neurological diseases as well. This is a devastating blow to the prayers and hopes of the parents of the young boy.
One avenue among many is to transport the boy and a member of Dr. Weissman”s staff to Yisreal and have the drug adminstered there, freeing Dr. Weissman from federal regulations and involvement.
Any comments, suggestions, or actions you the reader may have to help will be most appreciated. Time is short. Speed is needed and aqppropiate action as well.
The other caveat is if in someway we can sucessfully accomplish such testing (and and there are innummerable obstacles to overcome) will the drug work on humans ??
The bottom is line is to try and keep trying. This child needs any and all help you the reader can provide.
I have many rabbical friends in the Lakewood, NJ area whom I’ve known for years. Almost, invariably I ask them as I now ask you—–and it is anly a suggestion: B’vah’chah’shah, b’vah’chah’shah, do more Talmud Torah, do more davvening, and do more deeds of kindness (chesed sp ?). And davven for a five year old Jewish fighting for his life.
Toddh rabbah and shalom, a goy,