High Court judges in the UK have ruled than a young cancer sufferer should undergo additional surgery, following an extensive legal dispute involving the child’s mother. Seven-year-old Neon Roberts has already been treated for a brain tumor, though his mother refused to offer her consent for further treatment in fear of the potential long-term effects.
Doctors insisted that the surgery was essential for his survival, but 37-year-old Sally Roberts refused. Following the presentation of evidence from medical professionals, judges ruled that the operation should be carried out.
Neon’s mother had previously argued that she would not offer consent for further treatment until other opinions had been given by additional medical professionals, stating that: “I feel I need more expert opinion on it before proceeding.”
However, the doctors presented evidence and urged that the additional procedure was a matter of urgency. They also argued that additional professionals had been consulted and agreed with their proposals.
Without the surgery, doctors warned that Neon was likely to die in a “relatively short” time and the cancer was almost certain to spread.