Dutch court rules boy (12) with brain tumour has right to refuse chemo

A Dutch court has ruled that a teenage boy suffering from a brain tumour has the right to refuse chemotherapy, rejecting his father's plea.

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JOHANNESBURG - A Dutch court has ruled that a 12-year-old boy suffering from a brain tumour has the right to refuse chemotherapy, rejecting his father's plea to order him to have the treatment.

Known only as David, the boy was diagnosed with the tumour in November, which was operated on and then removed.

The court heard he was given radiation treatment and declared “clear”.

News agency AFP is reporting that doctors then recommended he should also have chemotherapy “but David didn’t want any follow-up treatment... And his decision was supported by his mother”.