13 year old Daniel Hauser has cancer. He and his parents decided not to treat the disease with chemotherapy, but instead with “alternative” medicines.
Apparently, doctors have said that the type of cancer Daniel has can be treated successfully about 90 percent of the time, but that he only has about a 5 percent chance of survival if not treated.
A judge has decided that Daniel has been “medically neglected” by his parents and ordered that he be re-evaluated and treated with chemotherapy if doctors think it will be effective in helping him.
The parents cite religious reasons for not wanting the treatment. What should be done? Should the parents or the courts decide? This is a tough one and has many interesting side stories. Read a fuller discussion here.
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