A Mother Denies Her Son Chemotherapy

SS Member Image By drodriguez 05.20.09
A Mother Denies Her Son Chemotherapy
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When a child is sick it seems only natural that parents do whatever necessary to make the child better.  This is why the case of Daniel Hauser has raised such heated debate and enraged the public. 

Daniel Hauser is a 13-year-old boy suffering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  There is now an arrest warrant out for his mother, Colleen Hauser, because she has refused the life-saving chemotherapy that doctors want to give Daniel.  Daniel’s doctors became alarmed and notified child protection officials when Colleen Hauser failed to return Daniel Hauser to chemotherapy after having just one treatment in January.

A recent article from the Star Tribune reported that Daniel and Colleen Hauser’s whereabouts are unknown, presumably running from the current arrest warrant and public demand that Daniel receive treatment.  The courts have also decided that when found, Daniel will be placed in foster care. 

Daniel’s doctors have testified in recent court hearings saying that his chance of survival with chemotherapy treatment would be between 80 and 95 percent, but without it he would probably die within 5 years.  Colleen Hauser has testified in a previous hearing that using chemotherapy on her son would violate her religion and thinks that the drug is a fatal poison.  She has said that she prefers using vitamins and other natural herbs to treat her son’s cancer.

Judge John Rodenburg has stated that the county proved “a compelling state interest in the life and welfare of Daniel sufficient to override the fundamental constitutional rights of both the parents and Daniel to the free exercise of religion and the due process right of the parents to direct the upbringing of their child.”  The judge also ruled that Daniel should remain in the custody of his parents if they comply with the treatments recommended by doctors.

What do you think of Colleen Hauser’s decision not to give her son chemotherapy for his cancer?

Do you think chemotherapy should be court ordered in this case?

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    I think it is very sad that Daniel has to go through this. But I do feel that he is a child and no matter what amount of maturity he may show he is incapable of making a medical decision. I also question his parent?s motives. To many times parents inspire fear instead of hope and do not realize they are doing so. Daniel needs to have an opportunity at a full life. If the treatments were not as advance as they are I would understand the hesitation. But how could a mom not choose life?

  • scalcagno By scalcagno

    I agree with others that this young boy is old enough to make his own decisions, however, he is still quite young and if his mother is as blindsighted as she sounds, he may share the same views that she does. If these are the religious beliefs that he has grown up being told were right, he may not be mature enough to understand what is in his best interest. Hopefully this young man will receive the care he needs very soon!!

  • woogoo By woogoo

    I am an advocate for holistic treatments, I wholly believe in the power of herbs. However I don't know of any real herbal treatments for any type of cancer. Only ones to help alleviate the symptoms of the chemo. I totally understand where she comes from. But, at the same time I would also try the chemo.

  • parisluvr By parisluvr

    If he were my son, I would definetly get the treatment for him. However, it is the mothers and the sons choice and she should not be punished for it. This is just another example of how more people need to get educated and more aware of cancer. There are so many misunderstandings and myths linked to the disease. Herbs are not going to cure it.

  • 5frosts By 5frosts

    I can't imagine ANY mother not doing every thing she could to save her child. However it takes courage of conviction to stand by your principles and beliefs. If it is against her religion and that is what she believes no matter what the cost if she believes God will step in if it is his will then who can tell her to go against that. The phrase oh ye of little faith comes to mind. Gods will will be done no matter who tries to get in his way. Nothing the mother, the boy or the courts can do about it. On the one hand I want to shake her and say save your boy, God helps those who help themselves. Then on the other hand God said to have the faith of a mustard seed. Leaving the fate of a dying child in Gods hands is certainly bigger than a mustard see. It is a choice we should be grateful we (that are writing) don't have to make. I thank God for my healthy little ones.

  • SirahLou By SirahLou

    Ok well i feel that if this is the only way for my child to get better then i'm going to do the treatment. dont agree with the docter to do the therepy and then not show up! If it was my son or daughter I will try any possible thing out there for them to get better.

  • Mzthangxoxo By Mzthangxoxo

    i feel that it is the mother and the sons choice in the way he is treated she isnt saying that she doesnt want her son to get better just that she wants to go about a different way of doing it which is his and her decision the courts should not be able to order her to treat her son the way they want her to!

  • Keyclubgirl05 By Keyclubgirl05

    The mom has a right to choose what is right for her child, but in this case and in any case of curing cancer, chemotherapy should be court ordered. If it isn't court ordered and the mom refuses the treatment, give the boy the choice of whether or not he wants it. He is old enough and should know what chemotherapy can do with his cancer. I knew at the age and I think if I was in his shoes, I would go for the chance of survival over my parents' choice anyday.

  • noegirl By noegirl

    It's abusive, and she is crazy

  • TEEMARIE17701 By TEEMARIE17701

    In my opinion parents are to do all they can to make sure their children are healthy, happy, and cared for, so if getting treatment for this precious child will give him a better chance to survive and be healthier then so be it. Your right betsylynn chemo is not picnic but if it or any other treatment helps this boy than by all means give him the chance at a longer healthier life.

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