N.Z. mom loses case over boy’s cancer surgery


A judge ruled Tuesday that a 7-year-old British boy with cancer could undergo more surgery despite his mother’s opposition, which had led her to run away with her son earlier this month.

High Court Judge David Bodey ruled that Neon Roberts, who has already had surgery on a brain tumor, should have another operation after hearing from doctors that he would very likely die soon without treatment.

The judge had been due to decide whether Neon should undergo radiotherapy treatment following surgery, which his mother had also opposed, but that issue was put on hold pending a ruling on the operation.

Sally Roberts has been locked in a legal dispute with her estranged husband over the boy’s treatment.

The New Zealander says she fears radiotherapy will cause her son long-term harm.