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Parents Agree to Treat Son's Cancer

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The parents of a Minnesota boy who had refused chemotherapy for their son with cancer have told a judge they now agree to the medical treatment, and the judge has ruled the parents can keep custody of the 13-year-old.

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Daniel Hauser and his mother Colleen caused a nationwide manhunt last week after they fled town. The two failed to appear at a court hearing where a judge ordered the boy to undergo chemo to treat his Hodgkin's lymphoma. The Hausers, who have eight children, are Roman Catholic and belong to the Nemenhah Band, an organization that believes illnesses can be treated with natural remedies. Daniel had undergone one dose of treatment before he and his mother disappeared. Returning to their home Monday after almost a week on the lam, the Hausers now say they understand their son needs treatment and could die without it.

An X-ray shows that the tumor in his chest has grown and is now pushing against his trachea, which is causing him pain.

County child protective officials are opposed to the judge's ruling, saying they want Daniel to remain in their custody.

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Traci May 26, 2009, 9:18 PM

Not that I may have agreed on how she was choosing to deal with his cancer, but I find it incredulous that we have no say in the medical treatment of our children anymore. If the 13 year old didn’t want treatment and the parents didn’t want treatment, why does the state have the right to enforce that treatment or take away the child? Ridiculous.

come on May 27, 2009, 1:24 PM

Traci I fell the same way- how is it that the police, government, whoever has the right to tell us how to raise our children. So if I had cancer and I refused treatment then would the police come knocking at my door ready to send me to trial for it? come on, yes, that is a slight over exaggeration considering they are thinking of the child but how can one person be any more right than another- where does it end. This world has become crazy.

Deborah June 5, 2009, 12:43 PM

I have been through this with my beautiful son. We were also in Minnesota where I think it is more prevalent. My son had to endure terrible torture for a brain tumor and he died anyway. He asked not to have treatment but they threatened us with a legal battle. My son was 16 and very well educated. When the tumor returned he was 18 and so grateful not to be forced into treatment.

Ten Tees January 8, 2011, 5:21 PM

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