Hampshire Police have launched a major search for a 5-year-old-boy with a brain tumour taken out of hospital without consent by his parents
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The brother of Ashya King has said his parents had the supplies he needed. In a new video on YouTube, Naveed King said his parents ensured Ashya had the same equipment available to him at hospital when they took him to Spain.
Ashya King and his family were found abroad on Saturday. Ashya, who has a brain tumour, was a patient at Southampton General, but is now being cared for in Malaga. Hampshire Police had issued a European arrest warrant to find his parents. His parents say they were looking after him and have done nothing wrong. They are due to appear before a Spanish Court today.
The NHS trust in charge of the Southampton hospital where 5-year-old Ashya King was a patient, have released a statement after the boy was found with his family in Spain.
– Spokesperson, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
"Our priority has always been Ashya's welfare and we are delighted that he has been found. We are now working closely with colleagues in Malaga to ensure he receives the essential medical support he needs.
"We are aware of the comments made online by his father. Throughout Ashya's admission we have had conversations about the treatment options available to him and we had offered the family access to a second opinion, as well as assistance with organising treatment abroad.
"We understand how distressing this situation is for everyone involved, particularly Ashya's family. We will continue to do what we can to support them and assist the police in providing any information they require."
Hampshire Constabulary is releasing more information about missing five-year-old Ashya King, including an image of Ashya's distinctive feeding pump.
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said: "Health experts tell us that with the proper medical care Ashya has a good chance of survival, but he must get that professional care."
– Hampshire Police spokesperson
"The feeding system that Ashya needs and the other associated medical care is complex, and I would appeal to Ashya’s family not to think that they are able to administer this care themselves. "The doctors assure me that proper medical training is required for the level of care that Ashya needs. "I would also appeal to the medical profession, particularly in Spain, to contact the Spanish authorities if they feel that Ashya’s family have presented or made enquiries at medical facilities. "Whilst our primary focus is still on finding Ashya, we can confirm that we have obtained a European Arrest Warrant which will assist us in speaking to Ashya's parents when we find them. Our message to Brett and Naghmeh is that this should not deter you from coming forward, please just come and speak to us."
Hampshire Police have said that officers investigating the case "now believe that Ashya’s family has taken steps to be able to feed him".
Hampshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said:
– Hampshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead
Health experts tell us with the proper medical care Ashya has a good chance of survival, but he must get that professional care.
The feeding system that Ashya needs and the other associated medical care is complex, and I would appeal to Ashya’s family not to think that they are able to administer this care themselves.
The doctors assure me that proper medical training is required for the level of care that Ashya needs.
I would also appeal to the medical profession, particularly in Spain, to contact the Spanish authorities if they feel that Ashya’s family have presented or made enquiries at medical facilities.
Police have asked anyone with any information about Ashya, or his mum Naghmeh and dad Brett, to call +44 (0)1962 841534 or dial the European emergency number on 112.
Police have issued a European arrest warrant for the parents of a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who they took from hospital against doctors' advice.
The Assistant Chief Constable of Hampshire police, Chris Shead, said doctors had warned them that Ashya King's condition will "start to deteriorate," adding that the youngster had a "shrinking window" of time.
He added that the European arrest warrant gave them the power to arrest the family, but officers would much prefer them to come forward.
French and Spanish doctors who may be treating the boy, were also urged to notify police.
The battery on the feeding system of missing five-year-old boy Ashya King is "now likely to have expired", police have said.
Ashya's family took him from Southampton General Hospital at around 2pm yesterday, before travelling on a ferry to France around two hours later.
Hampshire Police Asst Ch Cons Chris Shead said medical experts had told them in the last hour that the battery life on the machine which feeds him would have died by now.
– Asst Ch Cons Chris Shead, Hampshire Police
We don't know whether the King family have any spares, the knowledge, or any way of recharging the battery. If they don't, without properly administered food, Ashya's condition will deteriorate very quickly. With each hour that passes our concern for him grows.
Legal experts have said it is "unlikely" that the parents of missing boy Ashya King had committed an offence by taking him out of hospital - but warned the legal system would not permit religious beliefs to override the medical needs of a child.
Prof Penney Lewis, of King's College London, said it was possible the child could be taken into foster care if they are found and refuse to cooperate, but more likely than not it would be dealt with in the courtroom, with a judge giving consent to a procedure.
Ashya's parents are thought to be Jehovah's Witnesses.
She said there had not been any legal cases surrounding the medical treatment of children of Jehovah's Witnesses since the 1990s.
– Prof Penney Lewis, King's College London
It's because the law is so clear that religious beliefs will not be permitted to override the clinical needs of a child.
Interpol has issued a global alert to find missing five-year-old boy Ashya King.
Ashya was taken out of hospital in Southampton by his parents, who are then believed to have taken him to France.
ITV News correspondent Neil Connery tweeted:
#Ashya King - Interpol now issue a global alert as French police still work to establish his whereabouts.
Interpol said it had issued a "yellow notice" to all 190 member countries at the request of the UK authorities, and said all information coming in to its command centre in Lyon, France, was being treated as "high priority".
Police searching for a missing five-year-old boy, who has a brain tumour and was taken from hospital by his parents, have turned their attention towards Spain.
Ashya King's family have close links to Marbella and there were several sightings of their vehicle yesterday, Hampshire Constabulary assistant chief constable Chris Shead told ITV News.
Police have received "positive information" that suggests the family of terminally ill Ashya King may now be in Spain.
The family may be travelling to the Marbella area where they have strong links, Hampshire Police added.
– Hampshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead
The need to find Ashya is now desperate. It is really important that we find him and ensure he receives medical attention at the earliest opportunity.
We still don’t know whether the King family have any spare batteries for the machine which administers food, the knowledge, or any way of recharging the battery.
Without properly administered food Ashya’s situation is very serious.
Ashya's family took him from Southampton General Hospital at around 2pm on Thursday and travelled on a ferry to France some two hours later.