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‘Radiotherapy is plain torture’ says Brighton mum
A mother has said she stands by her legal bid to try to stop her seven-year-old son receiving radiotherapy for a brain tumour.
Sally Roberts, from Brighton, described the treatment as “barbaric and plain torture”.
At the end of last year a High Court judge ruled that Ms Roberts’ son Neon should undergo radiotherapy to treat a cancerous tumour against her wishes.
Although the youngster has a survival rate of up to 82% now, Ms Roberts, 37, said she was upset by the decision to press ahead with the gruelling treatment.
She said: “I’m upset that they moved forward in the way they have. I’m facing the side-effects from the radiation and the chemotherapy, which is devastating.”
She said “weak and fragile” Neon had lost his hair and suffered weight loss, poor short-term memory and poor co-ordination.
But, despite the side-effects, Ms Roberts, of Westdene, Brighton, said she has been told the success rate from having the treatment has been put at between 67% and 82%.
'Children are suffering'
She continued: “I just felt that he would be much better off without the treatment and providing the body with what it needs to heal, not bombarding it with radiation, which is what we are taught to avoid.
“I don’t understand why we are using it in hospitals. I find it barbaric and plain torture. Needlessly, children are suffering.”
In December, a High Court judge ruled that Neon could have radiotherapy, against Ms Roberts’ wishes whose judgement, he said, “had gone awry”.
Mr Justice Bodey, who had been told by doctors that Neon could die within months without radiotherapy treatment, said he was worried that she had not grasped the seriousness of Neon's situation.
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