Hausers shoot video, return to Minnesota

JISHOU, HUNAN — Medical fugitives Colleen Hauser and her son, Daniel, 13, have returned home to Minnesota after a week on the run. Daniel, who has stage 2B Hodgkin’s lymphoma, was evaluated at a hospital in the Twin Cities, according to The Associated Press. Although he can stay at home for now, he is in protective custody of Brown County. A sheriff’s deputy is posted near the family’s home in Sleepy Eye. In a weird sidebar to this drama, while they were on the run, the Hausers connected with a video production outfit called Asgaard Media. A video interview of Daniel and Colleen was later sent to the Brown County Sheriff’s office. On a video released by the sheriff’s department, Colleen Hauser described how the first chemotherapy treatment Daniel received made him sick and she said he planned to run away from home. “Then what do I have? I mean, he was going to run,” Hauser said. “And that just broke my heart. I can’t have one of my children running away from something that they should face.” Hauser expresses optimism that her son can beat cancer, but the video doesn’t disclose where they were or when it was made. ...

Hausers still missing, but not their Nemenhah lawyer 3

Cancer patient Daniel Hauser, 13, and his mother, Colleen, are still eluding law enforcement officials, but their lawyer, Susan Daya Hamwi (right), says she is not with them. Hamwi was last seen with the Hausers in Brown County, Minnesota, on Monday. Like the Hausers, Hamwi, a California-based lawyer, is a member of the alt-med, pseudo-Native American Nemenhah Band “religious” group. The Hausers were spotted in the Los Angeles area earlier this week. Hamwi told The Associated Press she was at home and not with the medical fugitives, whom authorities believe intend to enter Mexico. The Hausers say their religion opposes chemotherapy and radiation treatments for Daniel, who has stage 2B Hodgkin’s lymphoma. They believe the Nemenhah Band‘s herbal therapies will cure Daniel. Medical doctors, however, say that without conventional treatments Daniel’s lymphoma will ultimately kill him. After a lengthy court proceeding last week, a Brown County judge ruled that the Hausers had to agree to conventional cancer treatments, or Daniel would be placed in foster care and compelled to undergo standard medical procedures. Colleen and Daniel Hauser, accompanied by Hamwi, made a court-mandated visit to a clinic Monday. After an X-ray showed a growing tumor in Daniel’s chest, the three ...

Hauser boy, mother flee for Mexico to evade mandated cancer treatment

[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 ...

Judge rules Minnesota boy must have cancer treatment 2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has ruled a 13-year-old boy with a highly treatable form of cancer must seek medical treatment over his parents’ objections. Brown County District Judge John Rodenberg ruled Friday that Daniel Hauser of Sleepy Eye has been “medically neglected” and is in need of child protection services. Rodenberg said Daniel will stay in the custody of his parents, but Colleen and Anthony Hauser have until May 19 to get an updated chest X-ray for their son and select an oncologist. Doctors have said Daniel’s Hodgkin’s lymphoma had up to a 90 percent chance of being cured with chemotherapy and radiation. Without those treatments, doctors said his chances of survival are 5 percent. So much for the Native American church defense. Hauser’s parents, and Daniel himself, insisted their religion — subscription to a sketchy Mormon/New Age/pseudo-Native-American church — requires them to treat illness only with natural remedies. Daniel had one chemo session, and the family refused further chemo treatment, saying that the boy is healthy now. The Hausers are white and Catholic, but some time ago they joined the Nemenhah Band, a group that identifies itself as Native American. The Nemenhah supposedly came to the New ...

A sad, curious tale of rampant duplicity and stupidity 35

[UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, Jon Tevlin of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has also taken a critical look at the dubious “Native American” connections of Nemenhah. He is not convinced either.] JISHOU, HUNAN — The degree to which frauds can dupe the unsuspecting and to which otherwise intelligent people can believe utter nonsense never ceases to amaze me. Take the sad case of Daniel Hauser, 13, who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He and his parents refused chemotherapy after his first treatment, saying it is contrary to their religious beliefs. Their refusal led the Brown County (Minn.) Attorney’s office to file a child endangerment complaint against the parents. The case is now in court. The Hausers are “traditional catholics,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but the crux of their defense is their membership in the Nemenhah. Their attorneys insist that the Nemenhah’s religious beliefs are protected by federal Indian Affairs law, so the Hausers can do whatever they bloody well please. The Star Trib and other media sources identify the Nemenhah as “an American Indian religious organization.” Well, it ain’t. The Hausers are probably very nice people, and perhaps they would prefer not to see their young son suffer through ...
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