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Boy must have surgery despite wishes of his mother, court rules

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8622 (Published 19 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8622
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A High Court judge has given the go ahead for a 7 year old boy with a brain tumour to have more surgery, overriding the objections of his mother.

Neon Roberts was at the centre of a nationwide search after his mother, who lives in Brighton, East Sussex, went into hiding with him to prevent doctors giving him radiotherapy after initial surgery for a medulloblastoma.1

But after magnetic resonance imaging showed a residual tumour or regrowth of 1.5 cm, Mr Justice Bodey authorised a further operation, despite opposition from the boy’s mother, Sally …

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