TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Noah McAdams seemed in good spirits Friday after he finished a round of chemotherapy.
“He’s really swollen. He’s really puffed up. And, just not really understanding everything that’s going on,” said his mother, Taylor Bland-Ball.
At just 3-years-old, Noah has been at the center of a battle between his parents and the State of Florida.
Joshua McAdams and his mom have wanted to focus on a more natural approach to treating Noah’s leukemia, specifically cannabis therapy and herbal remedies.
Despite their opposition to the chemo, a Hillsborough County judge ruled Wednesday that the boy must get it.
“But, I do know his health today, that it seems illegal for them to put the poison in him when he’s at this point in his condition,” his father said.
The boy’s parents initially refused to show up for treatments after two rounds of chemo.
Late last month, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office issued a missing endangered child alert after his parents failed to bring him to a hospital procedure.
The family was found in Kentucky.
People protested outside Johns Hopkins All Children’s outpatient care facility in Tampa as the boy underwent the treatment.
“We’re out here because it’s medical freedom, you know. You should be able to make your own decisions,” said Stacy Sharp.