Kimberly Brown teaches emergency room nursing, ethics, and graduate nurse-practitioner students in the school of nursing at Oregon Health and Sciences University. She has known the Zyndas since Holly was three months old, and was the neighbor who recommended that Holly receive immediate medical attention for ITP.

"When I heard that they had abandoned the medical treatment I'd encouraged them to pursue, I was really scared," Brown said in an interview last month. "But by then, I had come to know the Zyndas as loving parents, wholly committed to the well-being of their children. This made it so much easier for me to go into a place of trust.

"Deb had peace about their decision, and Tom was supportive. They were on the same page. Also, they had stopped riding the fence. They had committed themselves 100 percent to their faith, and to spiritual healing. I realized we could no longer view this case from an entirely human perspective.

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