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Thursday 17 April 2014

Mum loses bid to stop son's cancer treatment

A mother has lost her bitter legal fight to prevent her seven year-old son, Neon Roberts, (pictured) receiving life-saving cancer treatment.

Mr Justice Bodey, sitting at the High Court in London, dismissed concerns by Sally Roberts (37) that radiotherapy could cause devastating harm to the boy.

Backing doctors and her estranged husband Ben Roberts, the judge ruled that radiotherapy treatment must proceed immediately in order to give Neon (inset) the best chance of surviving his brain tumour.

In his judgment, he concluded that alternative treatments were not in Neon's best interests and not a viable choice for doctors at the "centre for excellence" where he was being treated. He also dismissed Mrs Roberts' claims that life-saving radiotherapy and chemotherapy were "out of date".

"The mother has gone through a very stressful time," the judge said.

"I express and I hope when the mother reflects on the outcome of this hearing, she will come to terms with it.

He added: "(Neon) needs both his parents to support him."

He said that submissions from doctors and Mr Roberts "tilts well in favour" for radiotherapy.

Mr Roberts was not in court.

The judge said that doctors had advised that the treatment had a success rate of "at least" 80pc and was sometimes as high as 86pc.

It is not known if Mrs Roberts, of Brighton, who is originally from New Zealand, will appeal the decision. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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