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Boy at centre of cancer treatment row has operation
12:18pm Thursday 20th December 2012 in News
A seven-year-old Brighton boy at the centre of a legal dispute over his cancer treatment has had an operation.
Neon Roberts had more surgery on a brain tumour on Wednesday (Dec 19) - against his mother's wishes.
Sally Roberts wanted any operation on her son delayed until more doctors had been consulted about the need for further surgery.
But Mr Justice Bodey ruled earlier this week that further treatment should go ahead after a specialist said an operation needed to be carried out urgently.
Mr Justice Bodey, who heard evidence at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London, said the gains outweighed the risks.
Ian Peddie QC, for Ms Roberts, told Mr Justice Bodey: "The mother is happily relieved to report that the operation went well."
Ms Roberts, a New Zealander who lives in Brighton, does not want her son to have radiotherapy treatment following surgery.
She says she fears that radiotherapy will cause her Neon long-term harm. But doctors say he might die within months without radiotherapy.
Mr Justice Bodey is due to hear more argument on the issue at the hearing in London.
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