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Judge to rule on radiotherapy treatment for Neon

  • by BRIAN FARMER
 

A HIGH Court judge will today decide whether a seven-year-old boy whose mother ran away with him to stop him having cancer treatment can 
undergo radiotherapy treatment following surgery on a brain tumour.

A HIGH Court judge will today decide whether a seven-year-old boy whose mother ran away with him to stop him having cancer treatment can undergo radiotherapy treatment following surgery on a brain tumour.

Mr Justice Bodey yesterday heard that Neon Roberts’ mother, Sally, did not want doctors to begin radiotherapy treatment.

Ms Roberts, 37, of Brighton, told a High Court hearing in London she was not a “bonkers mother”, but that she feared radiotherapy would cause Neon long-term harm. However, doctors said Neon might die within months without treatment.

Mr Justice Bodey said he would announce his decision today.

Neon’s father, Ben, who is separated from Ms Roberts, had agreed to radiotherapy but was “apprehensive”, the court heard.

Mr Justice Bodey said Neon’s illness was the “stuff of every parent’s nightmare”. He said he would balance what radiotherapy treatment would achieve against the “downsides”.

This week Ms Roberts, who was then living in Tiverton, Devon, disappeared with Neon. Both were found safe after a judge ordered a search.

 
 
 

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