Daniel Hauser has what doctors consider one of the most curable types of cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma.
But the 13-year-old and his parents don't want him to have chemotherapy and radiation, the standard treatments. For the past three months, they have ignored the advice of his cancer specialists and turned to natural therapies, such as herbs and vitamins, instead.
Daniel, one of eight children, has asserted that treatment would violate his religious beliefs. The teenager filed an affidavit saying that he is a medicine man and church elder (at 13) in the Nemenhah, an American Indian religious organization that his parents joined 18 years ago.
James Olson, the Brown County attorney, has filed a petition accusing Daniel's parents, Colleen and Anthony Hauser, of child neglect and endangerment, and he has asked a judge in New Ulm to order the boy into treatment.
I wouldn't let these irresponsible parents look after a wooden spoon, let alone a sick child. I wish James Olsen the best of luck in his attempt to prevent them letting their son needlessly die.