You guys remember the story back in May about a teenager named Daniel Hauser and his attempt to avoid chemotherapy in favor of “alternative” treatments for his cancer? At one point, after a judge had ruled that that he had to undergo chemo, he and his mother went into hiding in defiance of the court because, they claimed, the treatment was a violation of their religious beliefs.
Eventually the pair turned themselves in and agreed to continue Daniel’s chemotherapy. Now reports are that Daniel has had his last treatment and is cancer free.
Daniel gained national attention when he stopped treatment after one session in February and fled, citing his religious beliefs. After he returned, he underwent court-ordered chemo to treat Hodgkin’s lymphoma, then started radiation therapy.
Family spokesman Dan Zwakman tells KSTP-TV everything is going as planned. A call to the family’s home from The Associated Press rang unanswered Saturday.
The article is very brief and has nothing on whether the family continues to believe that chemotherapy is ineffective in spite of the fact that their son is in good shape as a result of it. As noted above, they’re not talking to the press about it. It’s almost certain Daniel would’ve died had he not undergone chemotherapy, but I doubt the family recognizes or even appreciates that fact. If anything they’d probably say that it was God’s will, and not the chemotherapy, that cured their son.