Latest update: In today’s hearing, the judge returned custody of Daniel Hauser to his parents as they have agreed to continue the court-ordered chemotherapy treatments. The judge will allow them to use alternative treatments in conjunction with the chemotherapy.
The case of
Daniel Hauser, the 13-year-old with Hodgkin’s lymphoma who is refusing chemotherapy treatment has sparked a national debate. The child and his mother spent a week on the run from law enforcement in order to avoid further court-ordered treatment. A judge ruled that Daniel’s parents medically neglected Daniel after the child did not return for more treatments after completing one round of chemotherapy. Due to their religious beliefs, Daniel’s family seeks legal permission to use alternative, non-invasive treatments to battle their son’s cancer.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma has a 90 percent cure rate in children if treated with chemotherapy and radiation, but according to medical experts, left untreated Daniel will likely die.
Should a court of law be able to dictate to parents what medical treatment their child receives? Do you think Daniel’s parents medically neglected him by not continuing with chemotherapy treatment?