Boy, 7, has cancer operation in Germany because of NHS bed shortage

Nottingham, England — A mother has flown her seven-year-old son to Germany for life-saving cancer treatment after two NHS hospitals delayed surgery because of a lack of beds.

Sam Knighton has spent £10,000 on taking her son Zac abroad for treatment for neuroblastoma, a form of cancer of the nerve tissue found in young children.

He will undergo surgery tomorrow at University Hospital Greifswald to remove three diseased lymph nodes from his stomach.

Hospitals in Nottingham and Leicester were forced to delay treatment on the child because there were no available beds on the children’s ward.

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