Decision on Brown County boy's chemo now rests with judge

Full story: TwinCities.com

Daniel Hauser and his mother held a news conference last week. Daniel has Hodgkin s lymphoma; doctors say it likely can be cured with chemotherapy.
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1 - 10 of 10 Comments Last updated May 15, 2009
Annie

Minneapolis, MN

#1 May 13, 2009
These parents are disgusting.

“Just dance.........”

Since: Jan 09

East Side

#2 May 13, 2009
If the boy doesn't want chemo how can you force him if the judge decides to do so......
He's old enough to understand what's going on.
Natasha Badanaff

Saint Paul, MN

#3 May 13, 2009
No matter how you slice it, its a tough story. The kid may appreciate having his life later on. Just don't think the parents and kid are thinking clearly. If the kid was 18 or older it might be different. Glad I'm not the judge on this one.

They say suicide is a very permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Jack S

Hudson, WI

#4 May 13, 2009
Read the final argument from the parents on the MN courts site link. The 90% cure rate refers to tumor shrinkage not decreased mortality. Alternative methods stack up with chemo statistically and have less side effects. They are now for everyone, but people should be able to make their own educated decision. What are you going to do... shackle this kid and have a couple of cops restrain him while pumping him full of what he believes is poison. Sounds like an environment conducive to healing. Any advantage the chemo may have will surely be negated by the extreme stress he will be forced to endure.
gimme a break

Minneapolis, MN

#5 May 13, 2009
Why do they keep saying that the parents belong to a "Native American" church? They don't. The whole "Nemenhah" thing is a scam - a money maker. Know how to join the "tribe"? Mail "Chief Cloudpiler" a $250 donation (with monthly follow-up donations) and you are "adopted". Then they make you a "Medicine Man or Woman". Google "nemenhah" - they aren't affiliated with any known recognized band or tribe. And the leader, "Chief Cloudpiler", has been convicted of fraud in the past. This "Nemenhah" tribe was "discovered" by him in a "holy" text that only he can translate (yes, this is another offshoot of the LDS church). Not even the LDS recognizes this "document" if it even exists. It's a pyramid scheme, where "medicine men" recruit and train other "medicine men" and funnel all their donations upward. There is NOTHING LEGITIMATE IN THIS. I feel sorry for this kid, and the rest of the family, if they've been suckered into this. It's no more Native American than putting on a "Chief WooWoo" costume. It's like putting on a clergy collar and telling everyone you're a Catholic priest.
gimme a break

Minneapolis, MN

#6 May 13, 2009
If you're looking at becoming a "Native American Medicine Man", check this site out first:
http://www.native-languages.org/religion.htm
I'm not Native American; I hate when my own heritage is distorted and co-opted, and I hate when other cultures' heritage is distored and co-opted, especially for some charlatain's financial benefit.
CSI

Crewe, VA

#7 May 13, 2009
Ask yourselves this question, suppose chemotherapy is imposed on him and he dies as a result. Are you going to charge the doctors and the judge that made the decision? I almost died myself from radiation poisoning and a friend did die from radiation. But I made the choice. I would not really refuse chemotherapy but it would be difficult since I only have one kidney and that is because radiation killed my other kidney.
gimme a break

Minneapolis, MN

#8 May 15, 2009
CSI wrote:
Ask yourselves this question, suppose chemotherapy is imposed on him and he dies as a result. Are you going to charge the doctors and the judge that made the decision? I almost died myself from radiation poisoning and a friend did die from radiation. But I made the choice. I would not really refuse chemotherapy but it would be difficult since I only have one kidney and that is because radiation killed my other kidney.
You're alive. There's medical evidence to show that Chemo and Radiation will extend the life of people who have certain cancers.

Tell ya what I'm gonna do. I've got this special all-natural herbal mixture. I got the recipe from an ancient spirit, who told me I was his decendant, and only his decendants can read the secret recipes. If you believe in it strongly enough, and take the secret mixture, you will be cured of (fill in the blank)! And, guess what? You might be one of his decendants as well! I can research it for you, if you send me a finders fee. If it does turn out that you are a decendant, I have the power to make you a Healer just like me, for a nominal fee. Make the check out to me, no credit cards please, cash, check or money order only.

Now remember, these cures will only work if you believe strongly enough. If it doesn't work, you must not have been a REAL believer. Not MY fault if you didn't believe enough to make the cure work.
Whatever

Lincoln, NE

#9 May 15, 2009
I don't know anything about this Nemenhah, however I do know of a few people back where I grew up on the Rosebud reservation who successfully doctored for cancer. Two were told they were terminal and to go home and die. All went to a genuine medicine man, did everything he said, and went back to the medical doctor and were found to be in remission.

I also know that there is a tea that it rumored to shrink cancerous tumors. It's hard to know the stats on all of this because the medical field does not keep stats on treatments not approved by the FDA.

Also, I do have to say that I think that 13 is old enough to understand the difference between living and dying, and what the consequences of his decision could be. Children with catastrophic illnesses are generally more mature than other children.
CSI

Crewe, VA

#10 May 15, 2009
By the Jewish rights of passage 13 was considered the age of accountability. It is his decision to make, you know we should always respect the wishes of others in the medical field. I have been and I have seen people make mistakes and others that stuck to their guns. This is young and old. I will also say this, when I was treated for cancer there was a six year old girl who knew what each term meant. Her mother died and I have always said that no child should have to know what chemotherapy and greys meant. But her mother did prepare her well. She was far more mature at six than most 21 year olds.

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