Report is leaked on King family’s actions

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A LEAKED copy of a report into the actions of Brett and Naghmeh King, who took their five-year-old son Ashya from hospital and sparked an international manhunt, says they reduced his chances of survival by 30 per cent.

The Kings took Ashya, who had a brain tumour, from Southampton Hospital against doctor’s wishes in August last year and travelled to Spain and later Prague, where he underwent pioneering proton beam therapy.

This sparked a wide-scale police search for the family.

An investigation into their actions is being carried out by the Child Safeguarding Board in Portsmouth and some of its findings have appeared in a national newspaper.

According to The Telegraph, the hospital, which was accused of trying to block the five-year-old from having the treatment, acted correctly.

It also said that the Kings’ failure to allow him to have chemotherapy reduced his chances of survival from 80 per cent to 50 per cent – something the Kings deny.

The Kings say that Ashya came back to his Southsea home earlier this month 
after 10 months abroad and that he has made a full recovery.

The full child safeguarding board report will be published in September.