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Judge to decide if family can refuse chemo for boy

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) - Two Minnesota parents who want to treat
their son's cancer with natural medicine instead of chemotherapy
are waiting to hear if a judge will let them.
A court ruling is expected today on the county government's
motion to compel chemo for 13-year-old Daniel Hauser. The doctor
who diagnosed him says it's "almost certain" the boy will die
without the treatment.
Daniel has Hodgkin's lymphoma.
His parents say they are supporting what they call Daniel's
decision to treat his cancer with nutritional supplements and other
alternative treatments favored by the Nemenhah Band. The
Missouri-based religious group believes in natural healing methods
used by some American Indians.
The family's attorney says the case is about the right of a
"young man to be free from acts of assault on his body." The
county's attorney says Daniel is too young to understand the
medical and other issues involved.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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