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Judge rules family can’t refuse chemo for boy – Kids and parenting- msnbc.com: “Daniel was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January. It was recommended that he have six rounds of chemotherapy but he stopped after one round in February.

Doctors have said Daniel’s cancer had a 90 percent chance of being cured with chemotherapy and radiation. Without those treatments, doctors said his chances of survival are 5 percent. Child protection workers accused Daniel’s parents of medical neglect, and went to court seeking custody.”

No Right To Decide

This story will no doubt have lasting repercussions on individual rights. Judge I have had a couple conversations with people and have been reading many opinions on the matter. My opinion has not changed. I am quite disturbed that a judge has interfered with this family’s right to decide what they believe is right for their child! It shows how the government is encroaching on our daily lives every chance it can get! But there are people out there that seem to not care that they are giving up their rights. And these people will never understand.

Brown County District Judge John Rodenberg ruled Friday the boy from Sleepy Eye needs to be re-evaluated to see if he would still benefit from chemotherapy treatments — or if his cancer has advanced to a point where it is already too late.

The judge allowed Daniel to stay with his parents, noting they love him and acted in good faith. But he gave them until Tuesday to get an updated chest X-ray and select an oncologist.