The family are members of Nemenhah, a Native American spiritual organization. They believe in natural healing.
So the decision to accept chemotherapy is a compromise. And people in government are none to sure that that family will stick with their decision:
“It was a conversation with one person that they looked up to, yes, someone they had faith in,” Zwakman said.
Zwakman is a member of Nemenhah, the Native American spiritual organization that the Hausers said instructs them to use only natural healing methods.
Olson said this inconsistency is exactly why he argued against giving the Hausers custody of their son. Daniel had been in custody of Brown County Family Services.
“They are unable to show any type of consistency,” Olson said. “Their attitiude has been – and I am assuming remains – that chemo is poison. So I felt that with that underlying attitude, that certainly wasn’t going to be beneficial to Danny in trying to convince him to undergo chemotherapy.”
A representative of Brown County Family Services told the court that she worried the family would change their minds about chemotherapy again after the next treatment. That’s what happened in March, which led to this case coming before the court.
Circuit Court Judge John Rodenberg said the parents had a clean slate in his courtroom. He said he felt it was best for the family to be together during this time. He also said he took Colleen and Anthony Hauser at their word when they said they would follow the court’s orders.
Dan Zwakman said the family now understands that chemotherapy is the right decision.
“I think they were sincere about this,” Zwakman said. “They are going to do what the court wants, and I think it’s certainly best for Danny.”