Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The Associated Press reports on the on-going conflict between doctors and family members in a case involving a child with cancer who does not wish to continue with chemotherapy. Amy Forliti writes,
A judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for the mother of a 13-year-old boy resisting chemotherapy after the pair missed a court hearing on his welfare. Brown County District Judge John Rodenberg also ordered that Daniel Hauser be placed in protective custody so he can get proper medical treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma.
is considered highly curable with proper treatment, but Daniel quit
chemo after a single treatment and with his parents opted instead for
"alternative medicines," citing religious beliefs. That led authorities
to seek custody. Rodenberg last week ruled that Daniel's parents,
Colleen and Anthony Hauser, were medically neglecting their son. . . .
wrote that state statutes require parents to provide necessary medical
care for a child. The statutes say alternative and complementary health
care methods aren't enough. He
also wrote that Daniel, who cannot read, did not understand the risks
and benefits of chemotherapy and didn't believe he was ill. Daniel
testified that he believed the chemo would kill him and told the judge
in private testimony unsealed later that if anyone tried to force him
to take it, "I'd fight it. I'd punch them and I'd kick them." . . . .