Brighton mum "not bonkers" to oppose son's cancer treatment

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A woman whose seven-year-old son has undergone surgery on a brain tumour has been trying to persuade a High Court judge not to allow doctors to treat him with radiotherapy.

Sally Roberts, 37, from Brighton, said she was not a "bonkers mother" and feared that radiotherapy could do long-term harm to her son, Neon.

But doctors said Neon might die within months without radiotherapy treatment.

Mr Justice Bodey was hearing evidence from both sides at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

He said neither any hospital where Neon received treatment nor any medic involved should be identified in reports.

The judge - who heard that Ms Roberts' estranged husband, Ben, had consented to radiotherapy - said Neon's condition was the "stuff of every parent's nightmare".

He said he would balance what radiotherapy treatment would achieve against the "downsides" before making a decision.

The case hit the headlines earlier this week when Ms Roberts, who was then living in Tiverton, Devon, disappeared with Neon.

Both were found safe after a judge ordered a search.

Ms Roberts, a New Zealander, apologised for vanishing and told Mr Justice Bodey that she had "panicked".

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11:21pm Fri 7 Dec 12

AmboGuy says...

I'm sure this is a difficult decision for any parent to make and while she might not be 'bonkers' her decision to not want to allow it is.

Radiotherapy is a very aggressive treatment with nasty side effects but the fact if the matter is it is his best chance to survive. If she refuses to let him have it then for his sake he should be taken away from her and started on the treatment ASAP.
I'm sure this is a difficult decision for any parent to make and while she might not be 'bonkers' her decision to not want to allow it is. Radiotherapy is a very aggressive treatment with nasty side effects but the fact if the matter is it is his best chance to survive. If she refuses to let him have it then for his sake he should be taken away from her and started on the treatment ASAP. AmboGuy
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7:31am Sat 8 Dec 12

whereisthe...? says...

Why cant people just say it instead of **** footing around? This woman is totally wrong and should be told so in NO uncertain terms. If it were a man, or the father saying this, would there be such pandering? No. The kid would be taken into care immediately, and many negative national headlines written in disgust.


While of course it must be a trying time, THE CHILD MUST BE THE PRIORITY here, NOT avoiding bruising this crazy woman's ego!! She must be told her behaviour is unacceptable, for the sake of her child's life! **** footing around only sends out the signal to others that this type of behaviour is acceptable. It is not.



Seems there are more and more bad mother's out there, less and less people brave enough to say so, and more and more feral, or disturbed children.



Hmm, what could the link possibly be...?! It's almost as if there's a link between treating these 'mothers' like Princesses, who are never wrong, always know best, and must never face reality for fear of upsetting their delicate little sensibilities, and bad parenting....



About time this was brought out into the open and debated, without lame charges of 'misogyny' / 'no partner', etc. Supposedly there are meant to be no more taboos in this country, let's see... Remember, a child's life is being risked by this woman...
Why cant people just say it instead of **** footing around? This woman is totally wrong and should be told so in NO uncertain terms. If it were a man, or the father saying this, would there be such pandering? No. The kid would be taken into care immediately, and many negative national headlines written in disgust. While of course it must be a trying time, THE CHILD MUST BE THE PRIORITY here, NOT avoiding bruising this crazy woman's ego!! She must be told her behaviour is unacceptable, for the sake of her child's life! **** footing around only sends out the signal to others that this type of behaviour is acceptable. It is not. Seems there are more and more bad mother's out there, less and less people brave enough to say so, and more and more feral, or disturbed children. Hmm, what could the link possibly be...?! It's almost as if there's a link between treating these 'mothers' like Princesses, who are never wrong, always know best, and must never face reality for fear of upsetting their delicate little sensibilities, and bad parenting.... About time this was brought out into the open and debated, without lame charges of 'misogyny' / 'no partner', etc. Supposedly there are meant to be no more taboos in this country, let's see... Remember, a child's life is being risked by this woman... whereisthe...?
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7:34am Sat 8 Dec 12

whereisthe...? says...

Oh dear, the Argus website censor has gone a little crazy - I used no swear words in my previous post - I typed p.u.s.s.y-footing (as in a cat!), and I guess the censor jumped to conclusions!
Oh dear, the Argus website censor has gone a little crazy - I used no swear words in my previous post - I typed p.u.s.s.y-footing (as in a cat!), and I guess the censor jumped to conclusions! whereisthe...?
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10:17pm Sat 8 Dec 12

qm says...

Ms Roberts who is a New Zealander living in Tiverton is from Brighton? Methinks someone is a little confussed, apart from me I mean!
Ms Roberts who is a New Zealander living in Tiverton is from Brighton? Methinks someone is a little confussed, apart from me I mean! qm
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