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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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  • Lenoula By Lenoula
    05.30.09  

    I should say that I'm a very religious person, however, I think this mother has lost her mind. How, as a mother, can you deny your child a treatment (no matter how much you disagree) when you know it will likely save that child's life? Kids don't like to take medicine, but we make them take it. Why? Because it makes them better. This boy is a boy... yes he's 13, but I'm sorry when I was 13 I was in no way competent to make any major decisions. This is child abuse. It is not up to that mother to push her personal thoughts & feelings on that child... later in life, when that child is 18 and she's no longer solely responsible to protect him, let him then decide how he will go about his health related decisions. 2 years ago I almost lost my nephew because my now ex brother-in-law decided to take him off his breathing treatments (nebulizer and inhaler) and just give him teas and vitamins. My nephew ended up in the hospital for a few weeks and child protective services almost took him away.

  • winbushgloria By winbushgloria
    05.30.09  

    I think that is so sad,my sister went through chemo and she stayed in pain,and sick.His mother probably did not to see her child in more pain.It's an tough call.But if she did it for her own selfish reasons then shame on her.So very sad.

  • ReecyPoo By ReecyPoo
    05.30.09  

    I think it's horrible that she doesn't want him to get therapy but I understand it's going against her religion. I know a lot of people that would want to use Herbs and other natural resources to cure some one but if they needed chemo-they would receive that help as well. But that also makes me scared for Daniel because it's as if his mother wants him to die. It's pretty SAD!

  • seranade By seranade
    05.30.09  

    Bottom Line: The government has absolutely NO right to tell this family what to do with their bodies, their money, or their lives. Personal feelings aren't an issue here (I would want my child to have chemo). Who are these people to decide that Daniel?s choice to refuse treatment is not valid? Whether he?s 13 or 31 he has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, whatever that looks like to him. Frankly it ought to be scary to anyone that has children...... think about it, whenever the court deems it "necessary" they can arrest you and say you are an unfit parent? They can ORDER you to have a medical procedure against your will!! The Judge says the evidence was ?..... sufficient to override the fundamental constitutional rights of both the parents and Daniel". There is NEVER a case where it is ok to override someone's constitutional rights. As long as this boy made the choice than it is no one else's business.

  • dmspeaks By dmspeaks
    05.30.09  

    When you are refusing to take care of your child and depriving him of the necessities that is needed to be healthy and cancer free then it should be taken into government action because that is like neglecting or abusing your child. DCFS needs to come into play because if the mother isn't going to step into line to help her own child somebody needs to.

  • iamkatieo By iamkatieo
    05.30.09  

    I think this woman is crazy for not wanting to give her son chemo. It may be hard to watch him go through it but it will be much worse if she lets him die from a disease that could have been gotten ride of.

  • briana_ramos13 By briana_ramos13
    05.31.09  

    ok i understand that her religion is against surgery, etc. BUT, it is ignorant to ignore your own son treatment that can save his life. I applaud the father for his broadcasted message to his wife. I can only send my hopes and prayers for the boy.

  • Alizabelen By Alizabelen
    05.31.09  

    This lady is nuts forget the religion part if you say that your a good parent and want your child to get cured you accept the treatment but saying the religion doesn't allow them now that is total BS she should think of her childs life !!!!!

  • kellijac By kellijac
    06.01.09  

    that poor little boy, if he was my son, and i have a daughter i would do anything i could to keep my child healthy and alive for as long as i possibly could. I wonder if she has even been there for her son and other children, throughout there lives. This is ridiculous. He can get the help that can possibly save his life.

  • Glamamama1 By Glamamama1
    06.01.09  

    I can't imagine the horror of a child with cancer and chemo is no picnic but we have come along way with treatment regimens that can truly cure many cancers. If the cure rate for this child's illness is that high that is very sad that the mother is denying this child the chance for a good life.

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