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Judge orders parents to get 13 year old chemo despite religious claims

Perhaps it's the large, trusting eyes and the smooth, bald head that make us want to believe in Daniel Hauser. He never speaks, but seems composed and mature in front of television cameras, a silent Buddha upon whom we can project wisdom.

Maybe that's why so many readers and talk-radio listeners were willing to believe that a 13-year-old boy could be a church elder and a medicine man; after all, he even has the papers to prove it. Maybe it's why they believed he could understand his own mortality and make hard decisions about his own health care.

Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth.

Not only could Daniel neither read nor understand the affidavit he signed saying he preferred "native" treatments over chemotherapy for his Hodgkin's lymphoma, but he also could not read. Period. When tested by his teacher for entrance into a charter school, according to court documents, Daniel, who had been home-schooled, could not identify the following word:

"The."

A court in New Ulm on Friday correctly decided that Hauser, or more accurately his parents, could not deny Daniel medical treatment that will likely cure him of a disease that would otherwise kill him. It is indeed distasteful to picture doctors restraining Daniel to give him chemotherapy. His parents can make sure that doesn't have to happen.

The only thing more distasteful, shameful really, would have been to let a frightened little boy elect to kill himself, to let his well-intentioned but misguided parents neglect him to death.

Alternative remedies have become almost mainstream, as most doctors encourage them in conjunction with the science and art of traditional medicine. But as Al Carroll, a Mescalero Apache professor, told me, Native Americans' biggest complaint is a lack of access to good modern medicine.

Most parents I know say they would practically sell their souls to save their child. I have no doubt the Hausers were doing what they thought was best. So I can only conclude they are being duped.


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Added: May-19-2009 
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  • The latest news is that the mother has run off with the kid.

    http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2009/05/warrant-issued-for-mother-of-boy-refusing-chemo.html

    Probably her fantasy is that the kid will survive and she'll be proven right. The main aspect of it being that she'll be proven right (in her own mind). "I have no doubt the Hausers were doing what they thought was best." Well I do. I think it's pure belligerence, and they're using their kid to "show them". Ultima More..

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  • for once the judicial system made a sensible decision. Are the parents just ignorant or do they really want their kid dead.

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  • same as any other form of neglect.

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  • We live in a country of laws...Not a country of religious beliefs.

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  • There is no spoon.

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  • I've seen this on the news...The BOY doesnt want the chemotherapy...Who the fuck is this judge to tell him what he has to do.
    There are alternative medicines to chemo and radiation, why else would people go outside the U.S.,to get these alternatives...Theres no money in a cure here in the U.S. If this boy and his parents choose not to go with "conventional medicine" Thats their right(LIFE,LIBERTY, and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS)
    He has the right to die with dignity, if thats what he c More..

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  • My insults? I am just fascinated a grown man can be so uneducated about the law...And actually thinks the "CONSTITUTION", I quote you btw, is the only souce of law in the United States. That is laughable and plainly uneducated and a silly statement on your part.

    Do you know how to tell if someone is educated or not? The uneducated ones always type one word in all caps.

    You clearly have no understanding of the United States structure or laws. You have no concept that peop More..

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  • Liberals are for abortion, but against letting the parents choose the medical treatment for their child.

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  • We have had a similar case in the UK a 13 year old girl refused a heart transplant. The hospital tried to go against her wishes but when she was interviewed she told them that she had been diagnosed with leukemia and had spent a lot of time in hospital in pain and now wanted to spend the rest of her days with her family at home.

    A sad case indeed but a level headed girl.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/nov/12/health-child-protection#send-share

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  • let him die in HIS own child-like dignified way.

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  • listen...genius...you dont read so well do you? 1)name one place tht I said religion was the cure.2)I said look for other TREATMENTS than chemo(chemo is NOT acure)3)your insults show you have nothing in the way of facts to back up your contention or you would have shown the statute 4) you jump off topic to try to bolster your failed argument 5) YOU STILL HAVENT SHOWN THE STATUTE...6) I have enough education to know that you have no clue of what you are trying to discuss with the adults...move al More..

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  • Idiots like this do not grasp Christianity at all. They have a turd world mindset - i.e. magical thinking. Why stop at praying for a cure to disease? Why not pray for food to appear magically when you're hungry? Why not pray for money or a home without bothering to lift a finger to acquire such things in the normal way? This is idiocy. God created man, and man created cancer treatment. Use it if you have access or burn in hell for being a God damn fool.

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  • chemo will only slightly up his chances while making him very ill.

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  • LMAO...you attacked me first, asswipe, go back and read the posts and you'll see that! while you are reading them, I'll go ahead and call you a WHAAAAAAAAmbulance. Clearly you are Retarded enough to claim foul when you attacked me first, so go back to hiding in your mommy's cellar and break out your porn you'll grow up and be ok... eventually! Have a nice life troll!

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  • you said this:
    That is true and tough to do while you are being revived from death and having medical treatment forced upon me. I should have thought of that at the time A*sshole.

    After they did their damage and I turned 18...I made my own decisions about medical treatment and fixed it properly. It took a long time and a lot of money but I learned a lot.

    I wish this little guy a lot of luck and I offer him my complete support and care...His journey is goijg to be a long one. Bottom line More..

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  • Unlike anywhere in the world America is a Constitutional Representative Republic, not a Democracy. I know facts of this case, 1. Mayo clinic and the State had 6 lawyers working the case, overkill. 2. The medical institutions are using this case as a test for state sovernity over the people, a direct violation of the Law. 3. The parents were not allowed to bring into court expert medical testimony from licensed doctors to testify on behalf of the family.

    Upholding the Rule of Law is at issue o More..

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  • I guess the term "Pro-Choice" only applies to women's uteri...Not the contents thereof OR to life in general.

    Having ANY unwanted medical treatrment forced upon you is ridiculous, perhaps even criminal.

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  • I wonder what proportion of the nuts were home-schooled. It'd explain a lot. If you have no way to understand the world, you're going to fall for that stuff about alien visitacions, apocalyptic planet alignments, evil-jew theories, etc, etc. I'm sure a lot of them are paranoid/psychotic, but maybe many more are simply uneducated. Not uneducated in the sense of "didn't-graduate-highschool", but literally no education at all.

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  • Religion = cult = brainwashing of people who lack any common sense and logic.

    That's coming from someone raised in a Roman Catholic family. I saw the light. Now I trust only in myself. I am a master of my own life. Not some invisible voodoo man.

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  • Were you a Ward of the state? if you were then they had the right. If this boy is not a ward of the state then they cant force anything on him...hence momma taking off with him. Agian whatstatute gives the "state' the right to force a particular treatment over another on a person.

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  • So ? No law says any particular treatment can be forced on you. I dont care if he is a minor, They cant force one particular medical treatment or another. State the statute, that says the courts can do that! They can how ever lock up the mother for failing to show up to court, But WE DONT quite live in a total police state YET, so they cant force one kind of treatment on you. Again name the statute and in which states.

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  • Maybe you should ask him what he wants... Who are you to judge them. If he doesnt want it, he doesnt want My best friend Jim Hurly(R.I.P.) had testicular cancer he did one round of chemo and it made him so sick he said 'fuck it just take the nut" and they did...guess what no more cancer...he died 3 years later from liver disease! It was his choice! just like it should be for this family! period! You dont like it TOUGH shit.

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  • Heres another one for you...if you are an emancipated minor,(16 and up)you can make adult decisions, I know...I was an emancipated minor.All my medical decisionswere mine at sixteen... wishing and hoping something to be, doesnt make it so...there is NO law that says the "state" can force a particular treatment on you, this isnt the CCCP

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  • And this is why religion should never be practiced. Praying doesn't help nor work.

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