5-year-old boy with brain tumour 'kidnapped' from hospital by parents


British police said they were working with their French counterparts on Friday to find a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken away from hospital by his parents. Ashya King's parents took him from a hospital in Southampton, southern England, on Thursday without doctors' consent and boarded a ferry to the French port of Cherbourg the same day, a police spokesman said.

At a press conference this morning, police said that Ashya had been operated on seven days earlier. Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said: "The feeding system is battery operated and that battery will run out today.

"It is vital that we find Ashya today. His health will deteriorate rapidly."

He added: "Time is running out for this little boy. We need to find him and we need to find him urgently."

The spokesman said the boy's life was at "substantial risk" as he needed constant medical care following recent surgery, adding that he was likely in a wheelchair or buggy as he cannot move.

"We are working with our counterparts in France to activate their emergency child rescue alert procedures," he said.

Ashya's brother Naveed King on his profile on the photo blogging platform Instagram describes himself as a Jehovah's Witness.

Jehovah's Witnesses refuse blood transfusions on religious grounds but are open to other medical procedures.

It was unclear what motivated the parents to take their son away.

Additional sources: Sky News


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24