Doctor alerted authorities so Danny Hauser could heal and live

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Dr. Bruce Bostrom never wanted to be the whistleblower.

    Several weeks ago it was Dr. Bostrom who called authorities to report Colleen and Anthony Hauser for neglect.  He cited their neglect as putting their 13-year-old Danny in harm's way by forgoing modern medical treatment for Danny's stage 2B Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

    "I did this because I want to help Daniel Hauser live a long life," Dr. Bostrom said Thursday from his office at Minneapolis Childrens' Hospital.

    Back in January, Dr. Bostrom met Danny Hauser for the first time.  Danny was sent to Dr. Bostrom to be evaluated.  It was Dr. Bostrom who diagnosed Danny with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

    "He has a tumor in his chest behind the breastbone that is pushing on the airway," Dr. Bostrom said describing Danny's illness.

    Dr. Bostrom said Danny needed immediate treatment back in January.  He had fluid leaking from his tumor into his lungs.  Once that was taken care of Danny underwent his first round of chemotherapy.  He responded beautifully.

    "The x-rays post round one showed the tumor shrunk dramatically and the fluid had gone away, he had an excellent response and showed a very good chance of being cured," Dr. Bostrom said.

    During and before that round of chemo Danny, nor his mother, ever spoke of a religious belief to not undergo chemotherapy.  The Nemenhah faith was not mentioned.

    "Nemenhah was never brought up at any time, the first I heard of it was in court information," Dr. Bostrom said.

    After that first round of chemo Danny did not see Dr. Bostrom again.  Dr. Bostrom said he repeatedly called the Hauser's, letting them know after two months passed and Danny had missed two rounds of chemo he had no choice by to call authorities and report the parents for child neglect.

    "I've never had to do this in 25 years of pediatric oncology, I've always been able to work with the family."

    Dr. Bostrom did it, he says for two reasons.

    One, Daniel is not savvy enough to decide this issue.

    And two, if Danny is not treated, Dr. Bostrom says, he will die, sooner rather than later.

    "It could be in a few weeks, or a month at most I would say."

    By Jana Shortal, KARE 11 News

     

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