An Anchorage judge is recommending the state terminate its legal guardianship over Bret Bohn, the 27-year-old Wasilla man who has been at the center of a medical custody battle between the state and his family.
Bohn, who is currently living in Idaho, spoke by telephone at his hearing today in an Anchorage courtroom. The media was not allowed to be present but his family and attorney spoke after the proceeding.
“I think all the parties have come to the agreement that Bret Bohn has regained capacity and he is now ready to re-enter society as the young man he was before he had a guardian placed over him last fall,” said Mario Bird, an attorney for Bohn’s parents.
Bohn was declared medically incapacitated a short time after he was admitted to Providence Alaska Medical Center last fall; first for insomnia, then for seizures. The family clashed with hospital staff over medications given to their son. A judge overrode his parent’s power of attorney and gave sole control over Bohn’s medical decisions to a paid public guardian.
Lorraine Phillips, Bohn’s mother, said she was looking forward to seeing her son soon and couldn’t be happier that he had regained his rights. She said her son is doing well and is able to make his own decisions, including whether he might seek legal redress over what happened to him.