Parents of Ashya King open up about their plight

Ashya King in hospital in Prague
Ashya King in hospital in Prague
Eric and Maureen Chivers from Emsworth. Eric is heaping praise on the NHS for the superb teatment he recieved when he was in hospital with a serious illness     'Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Gosport man who spent months in hospital with paralysing disease says ‘I owe NHS staff my life’

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THE parents of Ashya King have spoken of their ordeal during their attempts to do the right thing for their five-year-old son.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Brett and Naghmeh King say a cancer doctor treating their son admitted the only treatment available on the NHS would leave him with life-long disabilities.

The family say that despite the admission, NHS doctors insisted they would go ahead with normal radiotherapy and threatened to have their rights removed.

They also say that following their arrest, little Ashya was left ‘crying like a wounded animal through the night’ in a single bed ward at a hospital in Malaga.

As reported, Ashya’s grandmother Patricia King told The News she felt her brother Brett and his wife had been treated like terrorists ever since they decided to take Ashya from Southampton General Hospital and seek alternative treatment for his condition abroad.

Portsmouth City Council secured a wardship order that ensured Ashya was protected by the High Court abroad - but the council’s action saw Tory councillor Alistair Thompson quit his post as head of a scrutiny panel as he believed he was blocked in his attempts to investigate the handling of the affair.