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The death of a 16-year-old Oregon boy being treated by a faith healer could have easily been prevented according to a state medical examiner.

The 16-year-old member of a faith healing church died of uremic heart failure caused by a stricture in his urinary tract, according to autopsy results. The condition could have been treated with a catheter in a routine outpatient procedure. Instead, 16-year-old Neal Beagley's urinary tract became inflamed and closed off. He was unable to urinate, which made his bladder and kidneys stop functioning, the autopsy showed.



OREGON CITY, Ore., June 20 (UPI) -- Investigators in Oregon say there are unlikely to be criminal charges in the death of a teenager who died after choosing faith healing over medical treatment.

Neil Jeffrey Beagley of Oregon City was 16 and thus, under Oregon law, old enough to make his own medical decisions...

Beagley's niece died four months ago while undergoing a faith-healing ritual with members of the Followers of Christ Church. Because she was a baby, her parents have been charged with manslaughter.



Doc says adults should face criminal charges in teen's faith healing death

SALEM, Ore. – A Salem pediatrician who helped draft an Oregon law to remove protections for faith healing said Thursday he believes criminal charges should be filed in a recent case involving the death of a 16-year-old from an easily treatable health condition.

Neil Beagley died Tuesday at his home in Gladstone from heart failure that resulted from a blockage in his urethra that prevented him from urinating. Officials said a catheter could have relieved the blockage.


State Medical Examiner Dr. Cliff Nelson says the condition could have been fixed with a catheter, an outpatient procedure that's considered routine.

Instead, Beagley's urinary tract became inflamed and closed off.


Beagley became sick a week ago and -- like all members of the religious order -- did not receive medical attention. His condition worsened Sunday and members of the church gathered for prayer, Sgt. Lynne Benton said.

One of Beagley's former neighbors said he doesn't understand the group's reluctance to use medicine.

"What if one of their kids got into a terrible car accident? They're just going to show up and say, 'Hey. We're just going to take him home. Don't worry about taking him to the hospital,'" said David Yambra, a former neighbor of the family.


'Faith healing' law to be reviewed after teen's death

GLADSTONE, Ore. -- In the wake of the death of a 16-year-old member of a faith-healing church, some Oregon lawmakers have promised to create a law that will force families who practice “faith healing” to get their children medical treatment when they’re sick.

"The tragedy in all these cases is these children could have been readily saved," said Rep. Peter Courtney. "The medical science is there."