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Cancer Boy Surgery Ruling Defies Mum's Wishes
A judge has ruled that a seven-year-old boy should have surgery to remove a brain tumour despite the objections of his mother.
Mr Justice Bodey said an operation to remove a "residual tumour" left behind after earlier surgery should go ahead even though Neon Roberts' mother, Sally, refused to consent.
A doctor treating Neon said a scan showed the surgery needed to be carried out "urgently".
He said the tumour could spread without the operation and it was "highly likely" Neon would die within a "relatively short period" without further treatment.
Ms Roberts had told the court she wanted opinions from more doctors before proceeding with further surgery.
It is understood Neon could have the operation today.
Until the presence of the tumour was found by the scan, the court had been due to rule on whether Neon should undergo radiation treatment for cancer, a move that had also been opposed by Ms Roberts.
She told an earlier hearing she was concerned the radiotherapy would have a "damaging effect" on Neon's future.
The boy's father Ben, who lives in London and is separated from Ms Roberts, agreed to the radiotherapy but was "apprehensive", the court heard.
Mr Justice Bodey is expected to hear more argument on the radiotherapy issue at the High Court on Thursday after being updated on Neon's progress.