God told these parents to refuse medical treatment for their baby. Their child survived. Others were not that lucky.
The couple’s daughter, Alayna, was born in December 2009 with a birthmark above her left eye that developed into an abnormal growth of blood vessels, known as a hemangioma. As the growth slowly engulfed her left eye, the Wylands never consulted a doctor.
The case is the latest involving members of Oregon City’s Followers of Christ church, which considers medical treatment a rejection of religious faith. The Wylands are the third church couple to be prosecuted over the past two years for failing to provide medical treatment to their children.
In the two previous cases, the children died. In the Wyland case, 18-month-old Alayna has improved under court-ordered medical care.