Ashya King medics set to speak out on TV show

FAMILY Ashya King with his mum Naghmeh. A TV documentary will discuss his treatment in Southampton
FAMILY Ashya King with his mum Naghmeh. A TV documentary will discuss his treatment in Southampton

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STAFF at the hospital where Ashya King was treated before he was taken abroad by his parents have spoken out for the first time.

Doctors and nurses at Southampton General Hospital have told of the ‘outpouring of hatred’ they got.

It came after the story of Ashya’s parents Brett and Naghmeh, of Southsea, taking him out of the hospital resulted in a manhunt that hit international headlines.

Ashya, five, had a brain tumour, which surgeons in Southampton removed.

But a dispute arose about his aftercare, as his parents wanted him to have proton beam therapy.

The procedure is not available in the UK and at the time the NHS said it would not fund the treatment abroad.

The family made it to Prague where he had the treatment that was eventually paid for by the NHS.

Staff have spoken to BBC South and the programme will be aired tonight.

Matron Kate Pye said: ‘Through the use of media, through YouTube, they were showing a child who was being fed but nobody knew that they didn’t know how to feed him.

‘We were really glad he was safe, but fundamentally, they put him at huge risk.

‘And if you asked me again “would I phone the police?” the answer would be “yes” every time.

‘Because if something had happened to that little boy in that car, then we would have been accountable for that.’

Dr Peter Wilson, a paediatric intensive care consultant, 
has spoken of hate mail he received.

He said: ‘At one stage our switchboard was basically shut because of the number of phone calls we were receiving.

‘The number of messages that were left, vitriolic messages for everybody, the overwhelming sentiment was one of just an absolute outpouring of hatred... one of the letters said they wished my children got cancer and died.’

- Ashya – The Untold Story will be broadcast on BBC1 tonight at 7.30pm.