They thought they had the right to get a second opinion. They thought they had the right as parents to have proof of a diagnosis before agreeing to a treatment plan.

When California parents Leah Beabout and Christopher Vega asked for medical evidence before doctors remove their 2 year old daughter’s kidney, the hospital called Child Protective Services and seized custody of their child.

Leah and their daughter Grace Alleluia had been visiting in Las Vegas when Leah felt a lump in her daughter’s side. An emergency room doctor told her that it was a mass that might be cancer and that she would need to have her kidney removed immediately. Asking for a second opinion triggered a nightmare cascade of events that they never saw coming.