Judge rules family can't refuse chemo...

Judge rules family can't refuse chemo for boy

There are 2 comments on the news.yahoo.com story from May 15, 2009, titled Judge rules family can't refuse chemo for boy. In it, news.yahoo.com reports that:

In a 58-page ruling, found that Daniel Hauser has been "medically neglected" by his parents, Colleen and Anthony Hauser, and was in need of child protection services.

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“The Female Guest”

Since: Jan 09

Paragould, AR

#1 May 15, 2009
This one is going to be a touchy subject, but I am curious to see people's beliefs and feelings on the matter. A quick summary of the situation - It involves a 13 year old boy with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Initially, the boy did receive chemo and radiation, and the tumor shrunk. Since then, the parents have stopped all traditional treatment, and turned to more "Natural" remedies according to their religious beliefs with the Nemenhah Band.

The boys attorney states -

"I feel it's a blow to families," he said. "It marginalizes the decisions that parents face every day in regard to their children's medical care. It really affirms the role that big government is better at making our decisions for us."

So when does a parent get the final decision? When does the government need to step in and save this boys life?

I do agree there are a lot of things that the government need to stay out of. But in this case, are they saving a life? Are they helping a boy live that his parents seem to not be helping?

“The Female Guest”

Since: Jan 09

Paragould, AR

#2 May 17, 2009

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