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A Mother Denies Her Son Chemotherapy

A Mother Denies Her Son Chemotherapy

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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  • foilprincess7 By foilprincess7
    05.29.09  

    This is such a tough case to judge u know. If you or a close family member have gone through the strong effects of chemo then you know just how awful it is. Some people are just not cut out for it. There are thousands of people that choose an alternative form of treatment, and it works for them. I heard that the little boy himself refused the treatment. I think that a thirteen year old that comprehends the seriousness of his situation can maturely decide and have a say in his treatment. Man I just feel so bad for the boy. I hope that wherever they are the mom is making sure he is getting SUM kind of treatment. If not... then yea....she suxs

  • smb0014 By smb0014
    05.29.09  

    This is really sad. I don't understand why a parent would not want to get their child better if it is possible.

  • DEXTERBUZZ By DEXTERBUZZ
    05.29.09  

    This article made me so sad when i first heard about it. I understand people have certain beliefs but - when it is a life or death situation - all that should take a backseat to medical care.

  • cutwright93 By cutwright93
    05.29.09  

    THAT IS STRICTLY NEGLECT...and the mother should go to jail..there are a lot of people who wish chemotherapy would save them but these ungrateful parents act like they cant appreciate anything well enough to want to save their son...

  • Briyanah By Briyanah
    05.29.09  

    I strongly believe that this is considered a form of neglect. If that child were to die she would definitely be charged with his death. She should be ashamed of herself.

  • xrkt001 By xrkt001
    05.29.09  

    That is awful!!! I cannot believe a mother would deny her child a chance of a better life. I don't understand why ppl like that have children. That's just horrible.

  • xrkt001 By xrkt001
    05.29.09  

    That is awful!!! I cannot believe a mother would deny her child the chance for a better life. I don't understand why ppl like that have children. That's just horrible.

  • awolfe2 By awolfe2
    05.29.09  

    This case is disturbing to me. There was one very similar to it in my hometown recently. An 11 year old girl had Type 1 Diabetes that hadn't been diagnosed yet and she started becoming ill and eventually went into a coma related to the complications of the diabetes. Her parents refused to seek medical treatment and prayed for her instead. Their daughter died and thus far the mother has been found guilty of reckless homicide. I believe that everyone has a right to practice their religion, and I myself am Christian. But I believe Christians who are refusing medical treatment for religious purposes are often misinterpretting the Bible. In the end, this mother is right, chemotherapy is a posion- it will kill parts of her son's body. But if she doesn't go through with it, her son may end up dead. It is not her decision to determine when her son's period of grace (life) ends.

  • COOKIESANDCREAM By COOKIESANDCREAM
    05.29.09  

    I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW A MUM IS NOT HELPING HER CHILD WHEN IT GOT A 90 PERCENT CHANCE TO GET HEALED NOT TO LET HIM DO IT.INSTEAD RUN AWAY.I UNDERSTAND IF THEY ARE SCARED.AND RELIGIOUS BELIEVES..I WOULD SEE IT AS GOD IS GIVING HIM A SECOND CHANCE !! AND I AGREE SHE SHOULD BE ASHAMED..WHAT KIND OF MUM IS THAT?

  • funKat By funKat
    05.29.09  

    I have come across this news when a student of mine introduce me this topic. It's unbelievable for a mom to sacrifice her son's health, just for the sake of their religion. Im Catholic Christian, thankfully we are free to have whatever treatment we can get..!

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