A New Zealand mother living in the UK has lost her battle to prevent her son receiving radiotherapy treatment for a brain tumour.
Sally Roberts, a former DJ from Auckland, made headlines after refusing to allow son Neon, 7, to have treatment, fearing the effects of the radiation.
She went on the run with Neon for four days before being caught by police.
The Family Division of the High Court in England was told by doctors that Neon needed further brain surgery before radiotherapy could begin and without it, he would die.
Neon has already had surgery to remove a tumour and was due to have radiotherapy in the weeks before Sally Roberts took him away.
Her estranged husband Ben supports his son’s treatment.
At the week it was discovered that Neon’s cancer had returned, with MRI scans showed a mass, about 1cm in diameter.
In his ruling, Justice Bodey said the benefits of surgery far outweighed the negatives.
“I have reflected on the mother’s concerns and no one could fail to sympathise with her and indeed the father.
“‘Those concerns and uncertainties may well be part of the reason why she had consented to surgery, but when I had walked into court I was told she no longer consented.
“I have weighed up the risk factors attached in surgery. It is obvious and known to everyone that all operations carry risks and this is no exception.
“But taking this on the balance against the expected gains to Neon, in the unhappy position he now finds himself in, I am quite satisfied that surgery is in his best interests and I am making a declaration so it can go ahead.”
Neon is expected to have surgery today.