I was wondering if you’ve all heard of Daniel Hauser, a 13-year-old boy with Hodgkin’s lymphoma? He’s from Sleepy Eye Minnesota so we’ve been hearing about it on the news now for days. Doctors testified in court last week that Daniel could have a 90 percent chance of being cured through chemotherapy and radiation. But they said there’s a 95 percent chance of death if the family decides to forgo the treatment.
In written final arguments filed Tuesday, Brown County Attorney James Olson asked the judge to order chemotherapy for the boy, who he says isn’t mature enough to make his own medical decisions. Olson wrote that Daniel has a learning disability and cannot read, and he cited testimony from doctors who said it doesn’t appear the boy understands the severity of his diagnosis.
It’s also been talked about that he had an aunt who died after chemo and the family blames the chemo for her death. This happened when this boy was 5.
I’m not about to judge anyone in a situation like this. I’m 99% sure what I’d do. First I’d plead to God and promise anything in the world for an answer and to please save my boy. But we are all different and when scared, we may not be thinking right. Do you think a 13 year old with a learning disability and who cannot read is capable of making a decision like this? Or do you think it’s strictly up to the parents when things like this happen?
I hate giving the government any more say in my life than they have now but what is the answer here? At what age is a child no longer a child or at what time should a child be able to make a choice with the magnitude of death as a repercussion? The doctors involved here do feel this boy WILL die without the chemo and radiation.
What do you think?