Sleepy Eye, MN is the place where Pa would take Mary to see the doctor when she was going blind on the show Little House on the Prairie. Now it is the focus of another trip to the doctor, which could end not nearly as happily as a 1970's drama.
Daniel Hauser is a 13 year old boy with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The doctors treating him believe that the cancer has an 80% to 95% of going into remission for at least 5 years if the boy is treated using chemotherapy. The parents, Colleen Hauser and
Anthony Hauser, do not wish for their child to be treated using chemotherapy. They say because of religious reasons their child should be treated using holistic medicines.
The case went to court and a judge ruled in favor of the doctors and ordered Daniel to under go the chemotherapy. After the judicial order, the mother decided to take manners into her own hands and took off with the child. They are still missing as of this posting.
Another added element to the story is that Daniel is reported to have a "diminished capacity" and can not make an informed decision on his own.
Because I really hate it when the government tells you what to do and I respect the first amendment of the constitution, I really wanted to be on the side of the parents. I came to the conclusion that I could not agree with the parents in this matter. This is a child who's parents believe you can treat cancer with echinacea and herbs. That is just stupid and crazy.
You say that they can use freedom of religion to treat the cancer anyway they want, it is their child. If it is part their religion to treat a child using holistic medicine, why was he at the doctor in the first place?
The child can not make these decisions on his own because he is of a diminished capacity, and he is a sick, scared, child. The court needed to step in and I think they ruled correctly. What the mother is doing now is what I would consider attempted murder. Is this woman at all sane? What woman would rather give her sick child a whole grain bar as opposed to life saving treatment? What is the father doing to help find her, anything?
My religious belief is that if you are sick, you go to the doctor and he helps you get well. God gives us doctors with the tools to help heal you.
On Little House on the Prairie, Pa didn't give Mary an aroma therapy candle and call it good. Pa took Mary to Sleepy Eye, MN., where the doctors were to help her get better.
Colleen Hauser, if you are out there: Please take Daniel back to Sleepy Eye and start getting him treatment. Save his life, not your pride.