Judge says Neon Roberts should receive radiotherapy

A judge said 7-year-old Neon Roberts should receive radiotherapy against his mothers wishes today.

Sally Roberts said she feared that radiotherapy would cause long-term harm to her son Neon, and argued that "credible" alternative treatment was available.

Specialists treating Neon accepted that there were side-effects to radiotherapy but said that without the treatment the youngster could die within a few months.

Mr Justice Bodey, who heard evidence at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London, said radiotherapy treatment could start.

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Cancer Treatment Fight

A mother from Devon has begun an appeal to prevent her seven year old son from having radiotherapy for cancer. Sally Roberts lost a high court battle last month to prevent Neon being treated for his brain tumour