20 Dec 2012

Boy has cancer surgery following court decision

10:02 am on 20 December 2012

A seven-year-old British boy with brain cancer has had surgery despite his New Zealand mother's objections.

The operation follows the ruling on Tuesday by a British High Court judge who was told by doctors that seven-year-old Neon Roberts would very likely die within three months without treatment.

Doctors said urgent surgery was needed to remove a residual tumour left behind from an earlier operation.

Neon's mother, Sally Roberts, objected to the surgery and radiation treatment, fearing they could cause long-term harm.

Radio New Zealand correspondent in Britain Catherine Drew an update on Neon's surgery will be revealed in court this week when a judge determines whether Neon should now receive radiotherapy.

She told Morning Report the judge is expected to side with doctors who say it is neccessary.