Runaway New Zealand mother to allow treatment

A New Zealand woman who sparked a nationwide manhunt in Britain after running away with her son to stop him receiving cancer treatment has now said she would consider allowing the treatment if the disease had returned.

 
 

Sally Roberts

A NEW ZEALAND woman who sparked a nationwide manhunt in Britain after running away with her son to stop him receiving cancer treatment has now said she would consider allowing the treatment if the disease had returned.

A High Court judge was due to make a ruling on whether seven-year-old Neon Roberts should undergo radiotherapy treatment following surgery on a brain tumour, but told a hearing on Saturday that he would delay the decision as there had been developments in Neon’s condition, The Guardian reported.

Mr Justice Bodey heard arguments on Friday about whether doctors should start radiotherapy on Neon, against the wishes of his mother Sally, who told the court she was taking “principled” stand against treatment because of its long-term risks.

Over the weekend however, it appears Roberts, originally from New Zealand, had a change of heart, and would allow doctors to perform the treatment if a 1cm mass on Neon’s brain turned out to be cancer.

The Times reported her as saying:

 “I don’t think I will have a choice. I was so hopeful that we could just get on with other, less harmful treatments. But I will be backed into a corner.”
She had been fighting doctors, who wanted Neon to have radiotherapy after a life-threatening medulloblastoma brain tumour was removed in October.

“We went for a scan and they did see something.”

“They weren’t too sure what it was. Doctors are checking and we are hoping it’s scar tissue or something else. When I saw a headline today saying Neon’s cancer is back, it shocked me. That’s not true because we just don’t know.”

Policed began searching for the pair when they disappeared from Tiverton, Devon, last Monday, before being found in Sussex later in the week.

Neon’s father Ben supports the doctors.

 
 

 
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