Judge rules child must take cancer treatment

by Anonymous on May. 15th, 2009

Common sense?: Or government interference?
Common sense?: Or government interference?Courtesy Mark Ryan
A district judge in Minnesota has ruled that a Sleepy Eye, MN couple must allow their cancer-stricken son to resume medical treatment despite their objections that it goes against their religious beliefs in using only alternative medicines. There are lots of complications to this case. Doctors claim the success rate for Danny Hauser surviving his cancer is 90 percent if treated with chemotherapy and radiation, that is if it's already not too late. The 13-year-old stopped after only one treatment, and his parents began treating him themselves with alternative remedies his mother Colleen Hauser found on the Internet. Danny's parents think the alternative methods are working, although they wouldn't allow doctors to X-ray his chest to check the tumor's current condition. The parents say the government is interfering with their caring for their child. The judge ruled that Minnesota laws concerning medical neglect were clearly broken. In the end, Judge John Rodenberg ruled that a chest X-ray be given by next Tuesday. If the cancer is determined to still be treatable, chemotherapy would then be resumed.

Personally, I think the judge made the proper ruling. A minor child is involved and sometimes children need to be protected from their parents. Do you agree or do you think the judge was wrong?

Story in Minneapolis Star Tribune

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Thor's picture
Thor says:

I especially agree with the judge's ruling after reading this piece by StarTrib columnist Jon Tevlin. It looks like the "alternative" medicine this family is pursuing might be highly questionable.

posted on Fri, 05/15/2009 - 2:53pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

The more news that comes out on this story, the sadder it gets. The latest column by Jon Tevlin reports that this boy has been home schooled for much of his life and when going into a charter school this year, testing shows he cannot read. That taints the decision making he's demonstrating on this matter.

posted on Tue, 05/19/2009 - 10:53am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

The results of his chest x-ray are due today. I don't know if they will be reported today but when they are I hope his cancer's hasn't progressed beyond treatment.

posted on Tue, 05/19/2009 - 11:07am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Oh, no.

According to the Star Tribune, the tumor has returned to its original size and is filling Hauser's chest. But he won't be starting chemotherapy immediately, as he and his mother are now missing. (Daniel Hauser's father testified that he hasn't seen his wife since 4am, when she told him that she was leaving and that was all he needed to know.) The judge in the case has issued an arrest warrant for Daniel's mother.

posted on Tue, 05/19/2009 - 3:26pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

This story gets sadder by the hour. While I agree with the judge's ruling, I'm really starting to wonder if there's any chance for a positive (i.e. child's recover) outcome for this situation.

posted on Tue, 05/19/2009 - 3:33pm

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