In a story that will hopefully prove me wrong and turn out to have a happy ending afterall, the mother of 13 year-old Hodgkin’s lymphoma patient Daniel Hauser has returned to Minnesota with her son and agreed to allow him to receive the chemotherapy treatments which are the only realistic hope of saving his life. Daniel’s first treatment is scheduled for today.
A little late, but the Hausers did come around eventually and do the right thing by allowing their son to undergo the difficult and painful chemotherapy treatment that has an excellent chance of curing his cancer. So why are the Hausers still on my shitlist? Because they’ve set up a website soliciting donations from the public to help pay their legal and medical bills.
And what’s so wrong with that? Don’t these people have a right to seek help to pay their expenses? Sure they do. But their legal expenses were only incurred because they chose to go to extraordinary measures to withhold a lifesaving medical treatment from their dying son. And the medical expenses they need help paying are the result of the various crackpot “alternative treatments,” such as ionized water and Echinacea, they chose to employ instead of the chemotherapy their son’s doctors recommended. Daniel’s chemo is covered by the family’s health insurance.
Cancer patients, and anyone with a serious medical condition that requires lengthy and expensive treatment, are well aware of the potential financial troubles. The Hausers, guided by their illogical and totally unfounded religious beliefs (to which they were led by a convicted fraud named “Cloudpiler” Landis), augmented that burden by pursuing an idiotic legal battle and a bevy of useless, discredited holistic treatments.
I feel bad for any child with such morons for parents, and even worse for Daniel, a child with morons for parents who is also dying of cancer. I hope his restarted chemotherapy isn’t coming too late, and I hope he is soon among the 90% of Hodgkin’s patients cured of the disease by chemo and radiation. But I have no desire to lift a single finger even slightly to help his stupid, pathetic mother and father out of a hole they dug themselves.