Monday 27 January 2020

Time running out for tumour boy snatched by his parents

Undated handout photos issued by Hampshire Police of Brett King and Naghemeh King, the parents of Ashya King, who has a brain tumour and was taken by his parents from hospital without the blessing of doctors. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 29, 2014. Hampshire Constabulary said
Undated handout photos issued by Hampshire Police of Brett King and Naghemeh King, the parents of Ashya King, who has a brain tumour and was taken by his parents from hospital without the blessing of doctors. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 29, 2014. Hampshire Constabulary said "there are serious concerns" for the life of Ashya as he needs constant medical care. Officers said his parents - Brett, 51, and Naghemeh, 45, - boarded a cross-Channel ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg at 4pm yesterday with Ashya's six siblings. See PA story POLICE Boy. Photo credit should read: Hampshire Police/PA Wire

Alex Dias

A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital by his parents without consent is "running out of time" as the battery on his feeding system was set to run out.

Ashya King's family took him from Southampton General Hospital in England on Thursday and travelled on a ferry to France hours later.

Hampshire Constabulary said they were told by the hospital that the youngster was missing at 8.35pm that day - more than six hours after he was taken by his parents, Jehovah's Witnesses Brett King, (51) and Naghemeh King (45).

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said: "Ashya is in a wheelchair and is fed through a tube. The feeding system is battery-operated. Time is running out for this little boy."

Ashya had undergone "extensive surgery" and his last operation was seven days ago, he added.

Ashya was allowed to leave the ward under his parents' supervision, and hospital staff raised the alarm when the length of his absence "became a cause of concern".

Irish Independent

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