Minn. Teen's Tumor Has Shrunk After Court-Ordered Chemo

Daniel Hauser, 13, credits natural remedies with progress, calls chemo "poison."

ByABC News
June 23, 2009, 10:45 PM

June 24, 2009 -- The Minnesota teenager who fled with his mother to Mexico to avoid chemotherapy is responding well to his court-ordered cancer treatments.

But Danny Hauser and his parents credit their alternative therapies, not the chemotherapy, for the doctor's good news that 13-year-old's tumor has shrunk.

Danny, who has been diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, will leave his family's farm in Sleepy Eye, Minn., today to undergo another round of chemo, treatment he insists he doesn't want.

"Because it's poison," he told "Good Morning America." "That's why."

His mother, Colleen Hauser, said the chemo treatments are hitting her son hard.

"There's a lot of crying," she said.

She and her husband are worried that the chemicals used to treat cancers like their son's will leave him with damaging side effects.

Colleen Hauser has maintained that she fled with Danny last month because they wanted to treat his cancer with natural remedies despite a judge's ruling ordering him to undergo what doctors said was life-saving chemo treatment.

She said it was the boy's decision to flee the family's Minnesota farm last month when a judge ordered him back into chemotherapy.

Hauser has not been charged with disappearing with her son, saying she had no choice but to go with him.

"Danny was going to run away, then what do I have?" Colleen Hauser said shortly after returning to Minnesota. "I mean he was going to run, and that just broke my heart. I can't have a kid, one of my children, run away from something they should face head on."

While the family is now obeying the court order to treat their son with chemotherapy knowing they will lose custody of Danny if they don't, the Hausers keep a mix of natural supplements and treatments in the house. That, they said, is what they believe is helping Danny.

"I think it appears he's responding to the chemotherapy, but I think he's responding greatly to the alternatives also," Tony Hauser said.

But the prosecutor involved in the case isn't buying the Hauser's claims that Danny's progress came from alternative therapies.

"That's not because of ionized water," Brown County attorney James Olson said. "That's because of chemotherapy."

Danny said he dreams about regaining his energy and his hair. And one other thing he's missed out on -- bear hunting.

Danny has said the chemotherapy gives him headaches and makes him dizzy, according to The Associated Press.