THE New Zealand mother who took her son on the run so he could avoid cancer treatment says radiation therapy has realised her worst fears for the eight-year-old.
Sally Roberts took her son Neon on the run across Britain for five days to stop him getting treatment after surgery to remove a brain tumour.
She subsequently lost court battle over Neon’s treatment, with his father in favour of more radiation.
She was concerned about the risk of brain damage, despite doctors saying he would die within three months without treatment.
Sally Roberts, who was originally from Auckland but now lives in Devon, told the Mirror newspaper that the treatment had broken her once happy boy.
He had undergone 30 rounds of radiotherapy since January.
“I look into my little boy’s eyes and there’s nothing there. Just docility and compliance,” she said.
She was worried the radiation would change and damage her son, and favoured alternative treatments.
“And it’s done both.”
“He’s broken. His whole body is grey and fragile. He has chronic fatigue. He cries over the smallest things. He barely eats any more and has to take anti-sickness pills to keep down what he does eat … and he’s just 8 years old.”
Neon’s father Ben Roberts has custody of him, so Sally Roberts can only spend a few hours a week with her son.
His twin sister Elektra did not understand what was happening and missed her brother.
“I tried to stop doctors pumping radiation and chemotherapy drugs into him that he doesn’t need. And because of that I don’t get to wake up with him any more. I don’t get to cuddle him before he goes to sleep.”