A Kiwi mother says she had no choice but to run away with her
7-year-old son in Britain because she felt like she was "on a
conveyor belt" as doctors urged to treat him with
Sally Robert, 37, has made headlines in Britain since she
disappeared with son Neon last week in the midst of a legal
battle over whether the boy should undergo radiation
treatment following surgery to remove a brain tumour.
It sparked a nationwide search until police found them five
Mrs Roberts, formerly of Auckland, fears radiotherapy could
harm her son, but doctors say Neon needs the treatment to
In a television interview on ITV's Daybreak, Mrs Roberts
agreed running away with her son was "an act of desperation".
"I was on a conveyor belt and I had no choice. They said
treatment must start. I thought if I was going to take him to
the hospital they would never let us go home."
Mrs Roberts said she did not necessarily want to treat Neon
with alternative medicines, but she wanted to explore options
other than radiotherapy.
"I have been asking the whole time, 'Please show me evidence
that he does need this treatment'. The only thing they can
come up with is a study from the 1940s ... they haven't been
exploring other options," she told ITV.
Mrs Roberts said the protocol doctors were following was
She said other medical professionals had contacted her in
support of her position that other treatments were available.
"I feel we can still save his life. I'm incredibly confident.
That's exactly why I don't just want to race into
She said the boy's father, her estranged husband Ben Roberts
of London, was open to other approaches.
Asked about how she would feel if Neon died without
radiotherapy, Mrs Roberts said: "How do I live with myself if
I allow him to have radiotherapy and I have to then watch him
suffer the consequences of that treatment?"
She said Neon was unaware of the legal row surrounding his
treatment, and was saying he did not want to return to
A British High Court judge is due to deliver a judgment on
Neon's treatment on December 18, after delaying his decision
due to "medical developments" in the case.