Friend says boy responding to forced chemotherapy

June 15, 2009 12:51:52 PM PDT
A family friend says X-rays show the tumor in the chest of a 13-year-old Minnesota boy who resisted treatment has shrunk significantly after court-ordered chemotherapy. However, family friend and spokesman Daniel Zwakman said the side effects of the treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma have made Daniel Hauser weak and miserable.

Danny stopped chemotherapy after a single treatment in February.

The family has insisted on alternative treatment for the boy's cancer.

When Brown County authorities attempted to compel the Hausers to treat the cancer conventionally, Danny and his mother fled the state for about a week ahead of a court hearing in May.

Zwakman says Daniel is still firmly against chemotherapy.

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