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Mother, Son on Run from Court-Ordered Chemotherapy Treatment

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An arrest warrant has been issued for the mother of a 13-year-old boy with cancer whose family has refused him chemotherapy. Brown County District Judge John Rodenberg had ruled last week that Daniel Hauser’s parents were medically neglecting him and that ordered chemotherapy to begin.

Daniel Hauser has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and was diagnosed in January. Hodgkin's lymphoma is considered highly curable with chemotherapy and radiation, but the boy quit chemo after a single treatment. The family are Roman Catholic, but also believe in the practices of the Nemenhah Band, a Missouri-based religious group that believes in natural healing methods.

Judge John Rodenberg said Daniel, who has a learning disability and cannot read, did not understand the risks and benefits of chemotherapy and didn’t believe he was ill.

According to the father, Anthony Hauser, Colleen Hauser and her son, Daniel, who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, left their southern Minnesota home sometime after a doctor’s appointment and court-ordered X-ray on Monday showed his tumor had grown. He was unaware of exactly where she had gone with their son, but had ideas that he communicated to authorities.

Anthony Hauser is not a fan of chemotherapy, but he does believe it should be used if necessary. He added the following, however:

“I don’t know why they started this situation in the first place. Why does someone believe they have the right over your child?”

However, Minnesota statutes require parents to provide necessary medical care for a child, and state that alternative and complementary health care methods aren’t enough.

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