AC Medical Issues what are parents rights regarding children and medical treatments

AC Medical Issues what are parents rights regarding children and medical treatments

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What are parents' rights regarding a child's medical treatment? STORY HIGHLIGHTS A number of families choose to go against doctor-recommended treatment Expert: When child's life is not in danger, parents have quite a bit of leeway Even in life-or-death situations, parents can prevail under certain circumstances updated 9:38 a.m. EDT, Thu May 28, 2009 www.cnn.com (CNN) -- Perhaps no one is watching the Daniel Hauser case in Minnesota more closely than Theresa and Greg Maxin in Ohio. Seven years ago, the Maxins found themselves fighting to keep their own son from having chemotherapy. But the two families' stories ended quite differently. Daniel Hauser was ordered by a judge on Tuesday to undergo chemotherapy. 1 of 3 Like Daniel, Noah Maxin had a blood cancer doctors said would almost surely kill him if he didn't have chemotherapy. Like the Hausers, the Maxins rejected the doctor's recommendations in favor of supplements and other alternative treatments to boost his immune system. Both cases wound up in courtrooms. But the similarities end there. A Minnesota court ordered Colleen and Anthony Hauser to have their son undergo chemotherapy and possibly radiation. The Maxins, however, won their case, and for a time gave Noah, who was then 7 years old, only alternative treatments. "Our heart goes out to the Hausers," says Theresa Maxin. "They obviously weren't heard by their medical team. We felt the same way." While the Hauser case is an example of the court going against parents' wishes, there are several cases, like the Maxins, where courts have allowed families to reject a doctor's recommendations for life-saving treatment.
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