By Calvin Palmer
The 13-year-old Minnesota boy suffering from cancer who was ordered to have chemotherapy by a judge is angry that the judge ruled the treatment must continue.
Daniel Hauser, who fled the state to avoid treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had hoped he would be able to stop the chemotherapy, which he says makes him dizzy and gives him headaches.
But Brown County Judge John Rodenberg earlier ruled that the treatment must continue after documents showed Daniel’s tumor had shrunk significantly following the latest round.
Daniel, of Sleepy Eye, believes the reduction in the size of his tumor is the result of alternative treatments he has been taking.
Daniel’s parents are still concerned about allowing their son to have chemotherapy, which they initially rejected on religious grounds. But they told the judge they would take Daniel to his chemotherapy tomorrow while carrying out his treatment one step at a time.
Rodenberg told Colleen and Anthony Hauser they can keep looking for other ways to treat their son’s Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“If at the end of the day Daniel lives through this, I am not going to care … what cures him,” the judge said. “I want Daniel to be well, and I know you do too.”
Rodenberg ruled that Daniel is still in need of child protection services, agreeing with Brown County prosecutor James Olson that the case should stay in court.
Olson pointed out that the family has resisted chemotherapy in the past, noting that Colleen fled with Daniel to California rather than showing up at a court hearing on the matter.
“History has shown they’re not going to comply unless they have some sort of hammer hanging over their head,” he said.
Besides a smaller tumor, doctors said in court documents that some of Daniel’s symptoms have improved after the chemotherapy. He was breathing better and sleeping well, and his cough has improved, they said. But the doctors said the boy has a poor appetite and has been fatigued and nauseated.
“As his tumor is responding and not resistant to chemotherapy, I still believe he has an excellent chance of cure,” stated Dr Bruce Bostrom, an oncologist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics.
Daniel’s court-appointed attorney, Phil Elbert, said Daniel has seen the most recent X-rays of his tumor, which show that the tumor is a white, see-through mass. Previous X-rays had shown a dense, black mass.
Elbert said Daniel will continue chemotherapy if he has to, even though he does not want to.
He said Daniel is feeling worse today than he was before the court ordered him to undergo chemotherapy.
In an affidavit, Colleen Hauser said she seeks the court’s forgiveness for fleeing with her son and thanks the judge for allowing Daniel to stay with the family after the two returned from California.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]