Martin Gottesfeld said he has no regrets for the cyber-attacks he orchestrated on Boston Children’s Hospital and a treatment home in 2014, which cost the facilities tens of thousands of dollars and disrupted operations for days.
Gottesfeld’s lack of remorse drew a scathing rebuke from the judge, who called his crimes “contemptible, invidious and loathsome.”
Is he really so bad and dangerous? Why most of the news agencies are so active to made him look like public enemy number 1?
In 2014, Marty, as his friends and family call him, defended the life of then-15-year-old Justina Pelletier as well as the rights of her parents. The Pelletiers had brought Justina to Harvard-affiliated Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) with a referral to see a specialist who had treated her before at nearby Tufts Medical Center. However, when Justina arrived she was instead seen by a different set of less experienced doctors who incorrectly challenged her existing physical diagnosis in favor of a mental one. They wanted to stop her pain and heart medications, amongst others.
When her parents refused and tried to discharge Justina to her return to her previous doctors, BCH called Child Protective Services (CPS) and told them the Pelletiers were guilty of “medical child abuse” for treating Justina for her physical condition and refusing to consent to exclusively psychiatric care.
CPS sided with BCH and took custody. A short time later, against her and her family’s wishes, Justina’s medications were stopped and BCH locked her in its now-notorious Bader 5 psych ward.
“My only regret is that I didn’t get to Justina sooner,” he said. “I wish I had done more.”
Gottesfeld’s wife said after the hearing that they plan to appeal.
“This was always about protecting a child,” Dana Gottesfeld said.
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