[Updated 11 am May 21 China Time]
JISHOU, HUNAN — Alternative medicine believer Colleen Hauser has taken her son, Daniel, 13, and may be heading to Mexico, according to news reports.
Mrs. Hauser and Daniel were spotted in southern California, and perhaps will try to enter Mexico to get Daniel treatment for his stage 2B Hodgkin’s lymphoma. They were reportedly accompanied by a third person,
either their lawyer or another young lymphoma patient, who beat cancer through alt-med means. perhaps their lawyer.
A Brown County, Minn., judge had last week ordered Daniel’s parents to get conventional medical treatment for Daniel, despite their unwillingness to do so. Colleen and Daniel Hauser visited a clinic to get Daniel’s chest X-rayed Monday morning; with them was their attorney, Susan Daya Hamwi.
Hamwi and the Hausers are all subscribe to the Nemenhah Band, an alt-med pseudo-Native American “religious” group. The Hausers are white and self-described Roman Catholics.
The clinic told the three that Daniel’s tumor had gotten larger, and that he needed to visit an oncologist right away. Instead, they left, saying they had “other places to go,” missing a court appearance that afternoon.
The judge has issued a warrant for Colleen’s Hauser’s arrest and ruled that Daniel be placed in a foster home and get immediate treatment for his lymphoma. Border police and the FBI have been alerted to the Hausers’ likely intentions.
The leader of the Nemenhah, Philip “Cloudpiler” Landis, said it was a bad idea for the Hausers to flee. He said his organization had encouraged them to follow the judge’s orders.
The doctor also said he tried to explain the situation to Daniel, but the boy “was feeling some pressure” to leave from Susan Daya Hamwi, an attorney and friend of the family from Marina Del Ray, Calif.
The Hausers have a fool for a lawyer, as well as fools for “doctors.”