A NEW report by UK social services has stated that young cancer patient Ashya King’s parents put him in danger by removing him from a Southampton hospital last year without doctors’ authorisation and bringing him to Spain.
Brett and Nagmeh King brought their five-year-old son Ashya to Malaga last August while looking for an alternative solution for their son after being denied proton beam therapy at the British hospital, sparking an international search which resulted in them being arrested.
The Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board’s report claims that the young boy was put at risk of serious harm had anything untoward happened with regard to the nasogastric tube which fed him and that the journey to Prague, where he eventually received the successful treatment, must have been difficult and could have had significant consequences if anything had gone wrong.
Mr and Mrs King, who recently spoke of how well their son was progressing and said they were glad they had fought for proton beam therapy, which they had been denied in the UK, told Sky News that they had seen the report but had agreed with Portsmouth City Council that neither side would comment on its findings.
The Portsmouth board has also recommended that in the future families who ask for proton beam therapy be routinely referred for consideration for the therapy, which in the case of Ashya has, according to his parents, exceeded all expectations for their son’s improvement.
Believed to be more effective than the radiotherapy offered by the NHS, the treatment limits the spread of radiation to other organs, hopefully leading to less severe long-term side-effects for patients.