Judge to rule on new tumour boy op

Sally Roberts feared radiotherapy would cause her son Neon long-term harm

Sally Roberts feared radiotherapy would cause her son Neon long-term harm

First published in National News © by

A High Court judge has been asked to decide whether a seven-year-old boy at the centre of a legal dispute over cancer treatment can undergo more surgery.

Neon Roberts has had surgery on a brain tumour, Mr Justice Bodey was told at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Doctors say he needs another operation. But his mother, Sally, 37, of Brighton, East Sussex, will not consent, the judge heard.

Mr Justice Bodey said he aimed to make a decision later today after hearing evidence.

The judge had been due to rule on whether Neon should undergo radiotherapy treatment following surgery, against the wishes of his mother.

That issue has been put to one side until a decision has been made on another operation.

Ms Roberts told the court she wanted opinions from more doctors before proceeding with further surgery. She said: "I feel I need more expert opinion on it before proceeding."

A doctor treating Neon said a scan showed that more surgery needed to be carried out "urgently". He said tests had shown there was "residual tumour" left behind after the first operation.

And he said a second doctor agreed with his analysis. The doctor said the tumour could spread without surgery.

And he said it was "highly likely" that Neon would die within a "relatively short period" without further treatment.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree