Dutch court confirms 12-year-old can refuse chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip in Durham, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 7:49AM EDT
BRUSSELS -- An appeals judge in the Netherlands has confirmed that a 12-year-old boy does not have to undergo chemotherapy if he does not want it.
Tuesday's ruling came after the boy's father appealed to a court to order the treatment. The mother of the boy supported her son in his opposition to the chemotherapy.
Aad van de Beek, a court spokesman in Amsterdam, said the appeals court found that the boy, identified only as David, had carefully considered the situation and had the ability to make a sound decision.
Chemotherapy was part of treatment for David following the successful surgical removal last year of a brain tumour.