Prosecutors work to show girl would be blind without treatment

Prosecutors work to show girl would be blind without treatment »Play Video
Pediatric dermatologist, Alfons Krol, testified Wednesday that Tim and Rebecca Wyland's daughter, Alayna, would be blind if the state hadn't taken custody of her and given her treatment.

OREGON CITY, Ore. – Prosecutors in the faith-healing trial of two parents brought another doctor to the stand Wednesday in an effort to make it clear to jurors that if the state didn't take custody of the couple’s infant daughter a year ago she would now be blind.

They are trying to prove Tim and Rebecca Wyland, who are members of the Followers of Christ Church which believes in prayer over modern medicine, are guilty of criminal mistreatment of their daughter, Alayna, and they neglected an obvious medical emergency.

Alayna, now 18-months-old, is back with her parents, but the state took custody of her last summer. She then immediately got medical attention for the huge growth over her left eye known as a hemangioma.

The birthmark filled with engorged blood vessels and grew to the size of a baseball. Half of it was outside Alayna's eye socket and the rest behind it. It was pushing her left eye down and out.

Oregon Health and Science University pediatric dermatologist, Alfons Krol who's been treating Alayna since July, was asked on the stand what would happen if the girl wasn't treated.

"Permanent blindness in the left eye," he said.

Defense attorneys focused again on the drug that was given to Alayna to treat her and the dosages she was given of that drug after she was taken into state custody last summer.

Alayna's eye doctor, Leah Reznick, testified Tuesday the drug propranolol caused the growth to shrink and now Alayna can see out of her eye. Under cross- examination, she said the Wylands are following her orders and Alayna is doing better.

Defense attorneys continued to hammer on the fact that the drug is not FDA approved for children.

They say during Alayna's first night in the hospital doctors gave her the drug at about 8 p.m. and then gave her a second dose way too soon.

But Krol said the doses where so small they were not dangerous. He said Alayna was given those doses in four-hour increments that first night instead of every eight hours. He was also quick to point out pediatricians use numerous drugs which are still awaiting FDA approval. He said without them, doctors could not properly treat children.

All the defense has to do is create a reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury. If convicted, the Wylands could face prison time.

The trial resumes Thursday morning.