British mum flees with 'cancer-stricken' son to 'prevent' him having from getting life-saving radiotherapy

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 06, 2012 07:10 hrs

A British mother has ran away with her seven-year-old son to prevent him having life-saving radiotherapy to treat his cancer.

Sally Roberts, 37, has told her family that she wants Neon to be given only 'natural remedies' as he recovers from surgery on a brain tumour.

But the 'very sick' boy's doctors say his chances of surviving will be 'dramatically reduced' if he does not begin radiotherapy soon, and his father is desperate to make sure his son has 'everything available' to help him fight the disease, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the paper, the mother and son were last seen four days ago in Tiverton, Devon. Police have now begun a nationwide search for them.

Roberts and her estranged husband Ben, Neon's father, are currently at the centre of a court battle over the boy's treatment for his brain cancer, the paper said.

Ben, an IT consultant from Knightsbridge, west London, said outside court that his wife was opposed to the radiation treatment, fearing that it might damage their son's 'intelligence, growth and hormones'.

He said: "She wants to do everything she can and rely on natural remedies and things that are not too invasive, rather than radiotherapy and chemotherapy. She is worried about the damage that can be done. She wants him to be able to live a normal life."

Roberts, originally from New Zealand and a keen believer in homeopathic medicine, had been staying in the West Country with family after Neon underwent brain surgery there, the paper added. (ANI)

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